Category Archives: Work and labour force

Formal employment declines in third quarter

Formal employment declines in third quarter

The September 2014 Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) report, released on 11 December 2014, shows that total formal non-agricultural employment decreased by 129 000 jobs from 8,67 million in June 2014 to 8,54 million in September 2014. 132 000 jobs were lost in the government sector. The main contributor to this decline was the Independent Electoral   read more »


Unemployment rate decreases slightly

Unemployment rate decreases slightly

Quarterly changes reflect an increase in employment (22 000) and a decrease in unemployment (3 000). This resulted in a slight decrease in the unemployment rate from 25,5% in quarter 2: 2014 to 25,4% (0,1 of a percentage point) in quarter 3: 2014. Job gains were recorded in both the formal (88 000) and informal (28 000) sectors between   read more »


Media Advisory: Release of Quarterly Labour Force Survey Third Quarter (Q3) Results

MEDIA ADVISORY For Immediate Release Date: 24 October 2014 Contact: Lesedi Dibakwane 0828057088 lesedid@statssa.gov.za Release of Quarterly Labour Force Survey Third Quarter (Q3) Results Statistician General Pali Lehohla, will release the results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the Third Quarter of 2014. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) is a household-based survey   read more »


The South African workforce shifts towards skilled jobs, but patterns still differ between race groups

The South African workforce shifts towards skilled jobs, but patterns still differ between race groups

There has been a shift in the last twenty years from low-skilled to semi-skilled and skilled work within the South African workforce. This was one of the results presented by the Statistician-General Pali Lehohla on the 15th September at a media event on youth unemployment. Comparisons of data from the 1994 October Household Survey and   read more »


Informal business a means of survival

Informal business a means of survival

Almost 70% of people who start an informal business do so because they are unemployed and have no alternative source of income. This was just one of the findings of the Survey of Employers and Self-Employed (SESE) released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday. The SESE, which is conducted every 4 years, collects   read more »


Formal sector employment increases in quarter 4

The Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) results show that number of employees working in businesses increased by 38 thousand – from 8 457 000 in the third quarter of 2013 to 8 495 000 in the fourth quarter. This was driven by an increase of 35 000 in the Trade industry and increases in the Community and social services   read more »


Stats SA revises labour market statistics

Stats SA revises labour market statistics

Statistical agencies across the world periodically revise published statistical series when new information becomes available. So too does Stats SA. In the past, labour market information has been revised following the release of the results of Census 1996, Census 2001 and the large-scale Community Survey of 2007. Similarly, the current revision has been undertaken to   read more »


Job gains in quarter 4 of 2013 were in the informal sector and temporary in nature.

Job gains in quarter 4 of 2013 were in the informal sector and temporary in nature.

Based on revised estimates, in quarter 4 of 2013, employment levels rose to 15,2 million – surpassing the peak reached in quarter 4 of 2008 during the pre-recession period. However, quarterly job gains of 141 000 in quarter 4 of 2013 were largely due to an increase in informal sector employment of 123 000. In addition, most   read more »


Employment levels back to pre-recession peak but absorption rate lower

Employment levels back to pre-recession peak but absorption rate lower

Employment levels at 14 million in Q3: 2013 are now back to the Q4: 2008 peak. The working age population however, has increased by 2,3 million over the period Q4: 2008 to Q3: 2013 such that the percentage of South Africans aged 15-64 years with jobs (the absorption rate) has declined from 45,0% in Q4:   read more »


Education is key to better labour market outcomes

Employment increased by 100 000 between the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2013. Despite this, the increase in unemployment by 122 000 resulted in an increase of 0,4 of a percentage point in the unemployment rate – from 25,2% to 25,6% between the two quarters. Year-on-year, employment rose by 274 000 while unemployment rose by 254 000. Education plays   read more »