SA HR news roundup: SA truck drivers in high demand overseas, renewable sector seeks specialist skills

South African skills sought abroad, with truck drivers fetching annual salaries of R1 million in the UK.

The renewable energy sector is seeking specialist skills for expected power projects, while a global consultancy looks to recruit 300 people for its local office in Durban. Meanwhile, another union wage settlement is concluded and local truck drivers can command eye-watering salaries in the UK and US.

Specialist skills needed for renewable projects
The renewable energy sector is sourcing specialist skills to deliver on projects, says South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli.

“We are anticipating jobs in manufacturing, logistics, finance, construction and operational phases. These comprise professional services, business services and sales. Direct jobs can already be seen through the employment drives that have been undertaken by various companies operating in the renewables sector,” she says.

Requirements include engineering, project management, project development and skills in environmental authorisations, among others.
SAWEA is supporting the employment drive within the renewables industry with a new vacancies portal on its web platform.

SA truck drivers in high demand
US companies are actively recruiting truck drivers from South Africa while in the UK, hourly wages have hit the equivalent of a R1 million annual salary for suitably qualified heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, according to media reports.

Driver shortages are hitting various regions as economies reboot after laying off drivers not needed during lockdowns, or after drivers on furlough sought out secure employment in less demanding industries.

Webhelp’s local office to provide 300 jobs
Global consultancy and customer experience (CX) organisation, Webhelp, is opening up a local office with 300 employment opportunities.
David Turner, Webhelp Group Managing Director and CEO of South Africa, UK and India, said.

“South Africa plays a significant role in our future growth plans and establishing a new location in Durban is a hugely important step forward in building the capacity to bring more clients and more career opportunities to South Africa.”

Webhelp is looking to bring in customer service advisors who are excited to work in a dynamic contact centre on international retail campaigns. Candidates will require a matric certificate with great communication skills and a passion for people.

Textile wage negotiations conclude
Wage negotiations in the home textile sub-sector have been concluded, with a 5.9 percent increase for members.

According to the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu), the increase is effective 1 July 2021 and will be valid until 30 June 2022.