The Sarawak government has engaged an Australian expert to conduct a manpower survey in efforts to reduce job mismatching problems in the state, said Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Taib Mahmud

He said the survey would take into consideration the manpower needs particularly in the industries that had been planned to be promoted in the state.

Speaking at the launch the state-level Teachers’ Day celebration here Wednesday, Taib said the survey was part of the State government’s efforts to ensure that Sarawakians would have the required skills to secure jobs that offered higher salaries.

He said that the survey would identify the manpower requirements of industries in order to facilitate higher and technical learning institutions to provide the right courses and trainings.

He added that it would be a “tragedy” for the people in the State if the issue of job mismatching failed to be addressed at the earliest possible stage.