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Unfilled entry-level vacancies indicate hidden cause of youth unemployment

South Africa has one of the least efficient labour markets in the world.

At any time, there are thousands of entry-level market vacancies unfilled, with employers struggling to find the right candidates. Often employers either give up on filling these openings or take months to find candidates for these positions. In a recent case, a leading security company had over 800 unfilled vacancies open for months as they could not source the right candidates.

In many instances these jobs don’t require scarce skills; there are enough job seekers with these requirements if they can be matched. If so, why are there unfilled entry-level vacancies when almost 6 million youth are unemployed? 

Jake Willis, CEO at Lulaway says that the best-suited job seekers have no way to access relevant opportunities efficiently. Employers and job seekers with the necessary skillset cannot and do not find each other in a timeous and fair way and that the matchmaking process is broken.

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