FEWER WORKS AWARDED TO FOREIGN CONTRACTORS COMPARED TO LOCAL CONTRACTORS


The Construction Industry Council Performance report reveals that the population employed by the construction industry is mainly locals. Over the past 3 years, foreign national employees accounted for 4%, 8%, and 12% of the total employment level, respectively.


By Ntokozo Nkambule

The Eswatini Industry Council (CIC) Performance Report 2019/20-2021/22 has revealed that there were fewer construction-related jobs awarded to Foreign Construction Firms compared to local contractors.

The objective of the report is to assess the performance of the construction industry as a whole and to understand the different dynamics that influence the performance of project owners, contractors, consultants and manufacturers, and suppliers for the 2019/20 -2021/22 period.

The report notes that during the period under review there were fewer construction works awarded to foreigners in terms of numbers and contract sum

“Construction works awarded to foreigner contractors were fewer compared to those awarded to local contractors in terms of numbers and contract sum. There is a fluctuation over the years in the share of contract sum by foreign contractors and a decline in the number of construction works actually awarded. In 2019, there were 14 foreign contractors given work, 13 in 2020, and 11 in 2021. Most of the construction works undertaken by foreign contractors over the past 3 years were under civil works, mechanical works and mechanical specialist works”

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In terms of employment, the report states that the population employed by the construction industry is mainly locals even though foreign national recruitment within the industry has been increasing, it has not been at the rate increase of Swati nationals. Over the 3 years, foreign national employees accounted for 4%, 8%, and 12% of the total employment level, respectively.

“Most of the population employed by the construction industry are Swazis, unskilled and youthful. Over the years, youth representation was more than half of the entire group (both youth and adults) and represented 68%, 70%, and 66%, respectively”


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