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Palm Oil Industry To Account For 29 Per Cent Of Score's Manpower Demand - Study

on 02 Disember 2011.

KUCHING, Dec 1 (Bernama) -- The palm oil industry is anticipated to account for 29 per cent of the total manpower demand of industries in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) by 2030, according to a strategic manpower study for Score.

The study, being undertaken by the Sarawak government and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, also indicated that the timber industry would account for another 28 per cent of the overall manpower demand for all the 10 priority industries in Score.

The study, which was published in the book, "Civil Service in Score Development" in conjunction with this year's State Civil Service Day celebrations, said the overall demand was expected to come from the palm oil industry, followed by the timber and tourism, primarily due to the labour-intensive nature of such industries.

It showed that although having the numbers was important, it is just as vital to find quality workforce to meet the demand of the industries besides requiring the importation of foreign workers -- both skilled and unskilled -- in the short and medium term for critical industries, such as marine engineering, agriculture and aquaculture.

In addressing this particular issue, the study said, one of the options available was to retrain and retool the existing workforce as the exercise was expected to help minimise the mismatch of skills, which might occur in the process of implementing Score.

One of the advantages of such programmes is that the existing workforce would be able to continuously improve and upgrade their capabilities in line with the changing nature of work and skill requirements.

Similarly, foreign expertise is still likely to be needed for the long term in profession such as mechanical engineering due to its highly-specialised and technical orientation, which illustrates the need to consider more progressive employment practices to attract as well as retrain the existing workforce.

Among the measures and policies suggested in the study which could be adopted are the implementation of flexible wages and benefits, flexible work arrangements and better and safer working environments.

Touching on the study at the recent State Legislative Assembly sitting, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mamhud said the priority industries would generate about 58,200 new jobs in the first five years up to 2015.

He said the figures would translate into the creation of about 11,600 new jobs each year, of which 620 a year are for professionals, 1,700 (semi-professional), 700 (support groups) and 8,600 (general workers).

The professionals are those with degrees, semi-professional are those with diplomas and certificates in technical skill, support means those with certificates but work in the clerical field and general workers.

"The number of jobs created for professionals will rise further to about 980 people each year by 2020," he said, adding that there would be 1,130 professional jobs by 2025 and 1,620 by 2030.

He said the study estimated that the local labour force would rise to about 1.1 million people by 2015, which would cumulatively have 226,000 professionals and semi-professionals working in Sarawak.

By 2030, the labour force would rise to 2.2 million people, including 150,000 professionals, 318,000 semi-professionals working in Sarawak, where a scenario was likely to emerge in which locals would have to compete with skilled workers not only within the region but against countries like Australia and further afield, he said.

Extracted from bernama.

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