A paradox in Mauritius which has 22,300 people under 25 years of work, 46% of 48 900 unemployed Island. A paradox is confirmed, while Auckloo Raj, Director of the HRDC, indicates that many young people want to integrate the tourism sector.
44% of survey respondents on the lack of manpower in the tourism industry say the sector has a shortage of labor. Similarly, the CEO of AHRIM speaks of difficulty to recruit.
Vasant Bunwaree, Minister of Education and Human Resources, said hoteliers should listen when they argue that there is no need to do extensive studies to work in the hospitality industry.
Hoteliers prefer to recruit young people with just a basic education and adequate general and field training, he said. This is in contradiction with the reasons given for the lack of labor in the study, namely companies are reluctant to recruit inexperienced labor and skills shortages.
Another paradox when it comes to increase productivity and move to a high-income economy. Especially since, as indicated by the CEO of AHRIM the hotel and tourism industry has high ambitions in that it is the potential value added and employment in the industry.
The reasons given by survey respondents regarding the lack of labor wages are too low, the exodus of labor abroad to earn higher wages, graduates refusing to work in jobs requiring lower qualifications, lack of motivation and commitment of the workforce and the fact that Mauritians prefer to start their own business.
Reasons suggesting that the level of remuneration in this sector remains too low to attract labor in a sustainable manner.
If the tourist sector should remain one of the country's economic pillars, as argued Vasant Bunwaree, with estimates of 45,800 jobs by 2015 by HRDC, the answers should be, presumably sought elsewhere.