Sri Lanka’s private sector of five million employees records 500,000 employment vacancies

Sri Lanka’s private sector of five million employees records 500,000 employment vacancies

The Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka in its Labour Demand Survey 2017 has reportedly stated that around five million people were currently engaged in employment in the country’s private sector while there are around 500,000 vacancies are there in various job categories.
Local media reports quoting the Census and Statistics Department have stated that the highest number of employees was reported in the services sector and among the occupation group the highest number of employees was reported in the Service and Sales Workers category in 2017.
The survey has reportedly revealed that the number of existing vacancies in the country by June 2017 was estimated at 497,302.
The largest number of job vacancies has been recorded for Sewing Machine Operators (77,189). The other job vacancies are for Security Guards, Other Manufacturing Labourers, Shop Sales Assistants, Advertising and Marketing Professionals, Commercial and Sales Representatives, Cleaners and Helpers in Offices, Hotels and Other Establishments, Manufacturing Supervisors, General Office Clerks, Stall and Market Salespersons.
Among the professional categories, high demand has been reported for mechanical engineering technicians, accounting associate professionals and nursing professionals.
The Labour Demand Survey was conducted in 2017 by the Department of Census and Statistics for the first time with the view of full filling the existing data gap with respect to the labour demand in Sri Lanka.
A sample of 3,500 firms covering the entire Island had been selected using the frame designed at the listing stage of the Economic Census conducted in 2013.

OSL take:

The existing vacancies in Sri Lanka’s private sector as indicated in the first ever Labour Demand Survey carried out in the country shows the growing private sector in the country. Entrepreneurs could also look at training people with the skills to fill these existing vacancies.

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