A research-based report ‘Graduate Employability: Employers’ Perception Survey Report 2018’ to assess the skills gap in Pakistani graduates was recently published to understand the employers’ satisfaction with Pakistani graduates and their abilities. The report was published by Naqeebz Consulting, a business-consulting firm.
212 corporate respondents were canvassed, encompassing business owners, C-Level executives and HR leaders from a range of businesses, SMEs to Large National Corporations, and MNCs.
Speaking at the occasion, the author of this report expressed his views that, “It was really shocking for me once I know that roughly 80% of industrials leaders told me that we had never been approached by any academia for any help or support”.
A balanced blend of corporate Pakistan was created so a well-structured and educated survey could be conducted, one that can help to restructure the educational environment for students. 212 organizations encompassing 25 industries that collectively employ over 500,000 people were engaged, which belonged to
- 20% to IT, Telecom, BPO, Call Center industry,
- 16% to FMCG, Manufacturing,
- 14% to Retail, Fashion, Hospitality, Food,
- 12% to Professional Services,
- 9% to Education & Training, Research,
- 8% to the Banking, Finance & Insurance sectors.
The targeted audience for this report includes Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), faculty members of public and private universities, degree awarding institutes, technical and vocational training institutes, professional training institutes, industry and business leaders, policy-makers, media, and the public in general.
Raja Yasir Hamayun Sarfraz, Minister Higher Education Punjab, said, “It’s really alarming that if we ask a graduate to write a page on any topic, he/she cannot write a single page. We must sit and think what we are teaching in universities.”
Alarmingly, the results conclusively highlighted that a whopping 78% of the employers are not satisfied with the quality of fresh graduates. Senior leaders are unhappy with the inability of graduates to justify their higher grades at the mere interview or assessment stage.
This might be because 77% of the employers are dissatisfied with the content and claims made by graduates on their CV/resume. 82% of employers cited that they do not hire fresh graduates merely on the basis of ‘high grades’ as what is essentially required to support decision-making in the recruitment process, is a blend of employability & enterprise skills to academic degrees.