Exploring Growth Potentials

Sponsor: British Council
Principal Investigators: Khadija Bari, Naeem uz Zafar, Muhammad Ather Elahi.

The purpose of this project is to conduct a research that identifies key industries in Pakistan that will drive economic growth in the next 5-10 years and their skills needs. This research will provide macroeconomic assessment of the economy in Pakistan and the future needs for skills required to drive economic growth. In particular, we seek to

- Identify sectors that are growing fastest in Pakistan and their contribution to country's GDP.

- Develop a profile of key industries, identified as future drivers of growth and identify respective employers

- Map the current workforce in Pakistan with the trends expected to drive growth – which are the areas where mismatch between supply and demand for skills will be?How should those be addressed in the medium to long terms (5 to 10 years)

- Explore the dynamics between the private and public sectors? Will the future employment be mainly driven by private enterprises?

The team working on this project will also interact with CEOs of major companies in the growth-oriented sector and ascertain their Human Resource needs. These in-depth interviews with employers (CEOs and HR departments) should focus on:

- Identifying the gaps in available talent pool and the potential employees?

- What soft skills are employers looking for?

- Graduates in what subject areas are most sought after – currently and in next 5-10 years?

- Test for perceptions on graduates from overseas as compared to local? Any differences? Perceptions on graduates from UK, US, Australia?

- Test the findings of the research above with key government stakeholders, such as Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of labour, Higher Education Commission, etc.