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Matric certificate not enough to get a good job – Solidarity

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

6 January 2016

Matric certificate not enough to get a good job – Solidarity

Trade union Solidarity today said that obtaining a matric certificate was not enough for landing a good job. The statement came in the wake of the Department of Education’s announcement yesterday of the 2015 matric results.

The Solidarity Research Institute, in its latest report on employment prospects for matriculants, emphasised the fact that the modern economy required far more knowledge from young people than that offered by way of a matric certificate.

“The report states that a matric certificate does not seem to have a significant effect on a person’s chances of finding employment,” according to Francois Redelinghuys, spokesperson of Solidarity.

“Among working people with matric as their highest qualification, only some 30% earned more than R6 400 a month in 2011, while in the group of working people with matric and a certificate or a diploma, more than 50% earned a monthly salary of more than R6 400. And that percentage exceeded 80% whenever a degree was presented,” Redelinghuys explained.

“According to the report, the South African labour market had already been swamped for decades by a vast oversupply of people with little or no training at all. Although the narrow unemployment rate in South Africa stands at 25,5%, it is rather more alarming that the working group does not even form 44% of the total number of working-age people. In a prosperous country, this percentage should be closer to 65%,” Redelinghuys said.

“Those people who are receiving matric certificates in 2016 and who wish to start working right away will probably find it difficult – especially those seeking well-paid jobs. Of course, we are not trying to dissuade anyone to apply for a job – any job. However, the best option remains further training.”

Click here to read the complete report.

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