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Title:Employment, wages and skills development: firm-specific effects: evidence from a firm survey in South Africa
Authors:Bhorat, HaroonISNI
Lundall, Paul
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:labour force
on-the-job training
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2004.tb00143.x/pdf
Abstract:The authors present information on the South African labour market which is embedded in the World Bank's Large Manufacturing Survey for the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area (GJMA). This survey went into the field in 1999. The authors extract data that highlights issues of firm-level skills development, skills acquisition and labour demand factors that are dictated by human capital attributes. The results show that firm size remains a critical and significant determinant of wages at the occupational level. Larger firms have been paying higher wages for workers in similar occupations. Firm size appears to be an important determinant in training and skills development issues as well, with small firms more likely not to undertake internal or external training than medium or large firms. Furthermore, for all occupations, barring labourers, a fairly high share of employers finds it hard to access appropriately trained and experienced workers. A crucial result relates to the relative unimportance which firms placed on universities as an important source of workers. Firms feel that private training colleges and technikons are the most valuable institutions of labour supply. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]