How to Grow and Sustain the IT Professional Pool in China
Published 21 April 2021
China is already seeing rapid job growth in the services sector and knowledge-intensive manufacturing, which both generally require higher skills. The booming industry will demand more workers.
McKinsey projected that Chinese employers will demand 142 million more high-skilled workers— those with university degrees or vocational training—or about 24 million more than the country will likely supply.
While companies could fill this high-skilled labour gap with less-skilled workers, this would result in productivity losses or poorer quality products and services. Other companies may leave roles unfilled,
delaying the decision to grow or expand.
If China does not bridge this gap by 2020, the opportunity cost could reach some $250 billion (about 2.3 per cent of GDP)—greater than the economic output of Hong Kong or Israel, according to McKinsey’s estimates.
Graph by: McKinsey
While companies could wait for preferable governmental policies, when needs are specific and urgent, it is in companies’ best interest to keep it within their own hands. How could companies create their own talent pipeline?
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