Category Archives: Work and labour force

Non-agricultural formal employment decreases by a small margin in the second quarter

The number of employees in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy decreased from an estimated 8 945 000 in March 2015 to an estimated 8 944 000 in June 2015.This reflected a quarterly decrease of 1 000 employees. The quarterly decrease was mainly due to decreases in employment reported by manufacturing industry which   read more »


Non-agricultural formal employment decreases in the first quarter

Non-agricultural formal employment decreases in the first quarter

The March 2015 Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey showed that total formal non-agricultural employment decreased by 44 000 jobs from 8 986 000 in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 8 942 000 in the first quarter of 2015. This is a quarterly decrease of 0.5 %. The quarterly decrease was mainly due to decreases   read more »


Postponement of the Q1: 2015 Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) release

18 May 2015 The release of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) publication for the first quarter of 2015 will be postponed to the 26th of May 2015. The release is postponed determine the impact of the implementation of a new master sample, based on the 2011 Census, on the QLFS series. The first quarter   read more »


POSTPONEMENT OF THE Q1: 2015 QUARTERLY LABOUR FORCE SURVEY (QLFS) RELEASE

4 May 2015 The release of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) publication for the 1st quarter of 2015 will be postponed to the 19th of May 2015.  The release is postponed to facilitate further quality assurance of the data. Ends   Issued by Statistics South Africa   For technical enquiries contact Durieux Monet Acting   read more »


Non-agricultural formal employment increases in fourth quarter of 2014

Non-agricultural formal employment increases in fourth quarter of 2014

The December 2014 Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey showed that total formal non-agricultural employment increased by 42 000 jobs from 8 947 000 in the third quarter to 8 989 000 in the fourth quarter of 2014. The quarterly increase was mainly due to increases reported by the wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor   read more »


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 »