Property and construction jobs in Mauritius
What are the island’s most in-demand skills?30th Nov 2021
Leading international recruitment firm, Michael Page, has just released their Mauritius Salary Guide and Hiring Insights research for 2022. In it, the recruiter focuses on several sectors including engineering, property, and construction to name but a few.
Here we reveal what the luxury island is most in need of when it comes to in-demand skills and experience based on the recruiter’s research.
Property and construction
Experience in luxurious building construction is most sought after due to the huge investment in the property and hospitality sector on the island. There’s also a demand for project managers with extensive FIDIC knowledge as well as registered engineers to maintain Mauritius’ engineering standards.
Engineers and sales
The biggest challenge facing the sector from a talent perspective is that there is often a scarcity in talent with technical sales experience, i.e., engineers who have developed their skills in a sales environment.
The engineering sector on the island are also looking for people with specific software skills as many companies are increasingly investing in new software technology.
According to Michael Page, the people with building management services experience are highlight in demand in the engineering sector as well as the renewable energy sector.
Mauritius in 2022
Before Covid-19 hit the island it had a low but steady growth rate averaging 2.8% between 2015 and 2019, according to Michael Page. But the pandemic hit the economy hard and GDP plunged by 14.9% in 2020 due to international travel restrictions and difficulties experienced within the tourism sector.
But Mauritius has turned a corner thanks, in part, to government intervention. “The economy rebounded in 2021, at an estimate of 5%, fuelled by the construction sector and public investment.
“Policy focus in 2021 was to mitigate the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The “Wage Assistance Scheme” as well as other financial support measures helped maintaining the unemployment rate at an acceptable level of 10.5% as well as preventing bankruptcies predominantly in the hotel industry. This had a substantial impact on public finances – the debt-to-GDP ratio for 2021/22 is projected at 91.4% Public Debt,” says Julien Raze, head of Africa at PageGroup, Michael Page’s parent company.
Confidence in the economy is set to pick up even further since borders were reopened in October (2021). Raze adds: “While Mauritius is reliant on other major economies (China, U.S., and EU), the IMF forecasts Mauritius’ growth around 5.2% in 2022 and most industries should benefit from it.”
So, what advice does Raze have for candidates looking for opportunities in Mauritius in 2022? “Candidates must be at their creative best. They should be open-minded about new opportunities and go to interviews well-prepared, demonstrate the transferable skills they possess and a ‘can-do’ attitude. They should also dedicate time to network and be more strategic with their job search,” he says.