The government will have to make the workforce in the country skilled if it wants to achieve the five to seven year growth targets, a study says.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith unveiled the report titled “Lack of expertise in Bangladesh's labourer market” at the ministry on Sunday.
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)’s report said skill gap was a major issue in the agro-food, construction and RMG sectors.
According to the report, the domestic skill labourer demand will be 72.41 million workers in 2020. Of which, the demand will be 2.91 million in agro-food sector, 4.42 million in construction and 5.98 million in RMG sector.
The report said Bangladesh only had 10.4% trained labourers in 2013 while the rest 89.6% workers were untrained.
Addressing the programme, BIDS Director General (DG) KAS Murshid said: “We will fail to achieve the five to seven year’s growth target if we do not meet the demand of skilled labourers in the RMG, textile, construction and agro-food sectors by 2020.”
He identified the overall skill gap in agro-food sector at 76%, where the scarcity of skilled labourer is 77%, semi-skilled 75%, and unskilled is 75%.
The BIDs DG said: “The RMG sector is short of 119,479 skilled workers, 48,130 semi-skilled and 8,577 unskilled labourers.”
Stating that the study painted a gloomy picture of skill labourers in Bangladesh, Muhith said: “In the current budget, we have taken up a project to create 500,000 skilled officers.
“We will definitely increase number in the future.”
Senior Secretary of the Department of Finance Hedayetullah Al Mamun was also present at the programme.