SA employment figures

South Africa reported an estimated 8 992 000 jobs in the formal non-agricultural sector in December 2015, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Wednesday. Briefing reporters on the results of the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) for the fourth quarter of 2015, Statistician General Pali Lehohla said employment increased by 43 000 quarter-on-quarter from 8 949 000 in September 2015 to 8 992 000 in December 2015.

According to Lehohla, gains were observed in trade, finance and other business services as well as in community and social services.

According to the survey, which covers private and public enterprises in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy, the same industries recorded a year-on-year growth with trade increasing by 36 000 employees, finance and other business services by 22 000 employees and community and social services by 7000 employees year-on-year.

The survey noted that the quarterly growth in trade was driven by retail trade which grew by 34 000 and hotels and restaurants which grew by 6 000. The mining industry continued its decline in the fourth quarter by 14 000 employees while construction declined both quarter on quarter (8 000) and year-on-year (19 000).

Meanwhile, the survey showed that gross earnings paid in December 2015 showed a quarterly increase of R31 billion and an annual increase of R29 billion compared with the same quarter of the previous year.

According to Stats SA, the changes in gross earnings in all industries were due to increases in salaries, payment of bonuses, overtime payments commission and/or leave pay. Average monthly earnings increased by 0.7% to R17 517 quarter-on-quarter while increasing at 6.7% year on year.


Author: Intsika

Gwatyu is a former editor of Farming SA and parliamentary reporter for Landbouweekblad (the leading agricultural publication in South Africa). He has more than ten years of media experience, most of which are in the agricultural sector. He completed several local and international media courses, including a media management course from the University of Stellenbosch, 3-year National Diploma in Languages (CPUT) and a fellowship in entrepreneurship on agricultural communication at the Oklahoma State University in 2014. He continues to be involved in agricultural media and communication activities in South Africa and the continent.

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