AbstractsBusiness Management & Administration

Causes and consequences of the shortage of electrical artisans at Eskom

by Thami Toni

Institution: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Department: Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences
Degree: MBA
Year: 2009
Keywords: Underemployment; Manpower
Record ID: 1469084
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10948/864


The aim of this research was to examine the causes and consequences of the shortage of electrical artisans at Eskom, using the Southern Region as a case study. Eskom used to be one of the leading public enterprises in the training of artisans to fulfil its own demand as well as to meet industry demand. This research reveals that this is no longer the case. Eskom Southern Region, a sub-division of Eskom Holdings, employs about 1700 employees. More than three quarters of these employees are employed in departments that utilise mostly electrical artisans. Natural attrition and the curtailment on the number of employees indentured and trained as electrical artisans has presented the Eskom Southern Region with a skills acquisition and retention challenge. Against this background, the study sought to discover how far Eskom Southern Region implements training and development interventions and recruitment and retention strategies in response to skill shortages. The study is based on a review of literature on skill shortages, a questionnaire opinion survey on skill shortages completed by employees at Eskom Southern Region, document study, and interviews with relevant stakeholders. The empirical study confirmed the findings of the research and skills shortages were identified for particular positions employing electrical artisans. The results show worsening skill shortages and hard-to-fill vacancies. The study proposes recommendations that encompass strategic responses, workplace-based strategies, and training-based strategies to address the shortage of electrical artisans