Jobs growth takes a knock
Johannesburg - Employment in South Africa dropped by an annualised
2.41% in November, the latest Adcorp Employment Index released on Friday
In October there was a 2.83% rise.
showed that the number of permanent workers fell by 2.74%, while the
number of temporary workers slipped by 1.60% and the number of agency
workers increased by 5.59% in November.
The estimated number of
agency workers in South Africa was revised upward by 10.6% during
November from 883 227 to 976 418, reflecting new data available from the
National Association of Bargaining Councils (NABC).
significant job losses (18 000) occurred in the manufacturing sector
and the financial services sector (7 000)," Adcorp said.
the major sectors, only retail and wholesale trade reported increased
employment (10 000), reflecting buoyant retail trade conditions related
to imported goods and a relatively strong real exchange rate, the group
It noted that analysis of the new data series made
available by the NABC and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and
Arbitration (CCMA) showed that there were about 100 000 more labour
broker workers than was previously estimated, and that 0.9% of labour
broker workers had referred labour disputes to the CCMA over the past
According to Adcorp's latest statistical estimates,
temporary employment agencies (labour brokers) represent 6.8% of total
employment in South Africa and 23.2% of the country's temporary and
Agency work is also the fastest-growing
segment of the South African labour market, with average annual growth
of 9.4% between 2000 and 2010, compared to 3.6% in non-agency temp work
and an average annual decline of 1.2% in permanent work.
survey of bargaining councils, the NABC estimates that there are 781 134
agency workers in the 14 identified bargaining councils in South
Africa," said Adcorp CEO Richard Pike.
Richard Pike conveniently doesn't give all the stats. I would love to know how many of the thousands and thousands of labour broking workers he refers to have been employed for years and years on the same client site under the guise of 'temporary employment'. These stats would be most revelaing and account the vast majority for these workers. Can you wonder why only 0.9% of labour broker workers referred labour disputes to the CCMA?????? There is no legistlation currently to protect them so the bottom feeding labour broking industry has gotten away with the most obscene exploitation. Bear in mind too, that none of the 'job stats' referred to by Richard Pike are jobs created by labour brokers!!!!! The labour broking industry merely cash in handsomely on jobs created by others so obviously Richard Pike is disturbed by job losses. Labour brokers do not even add to employment and certainly are totally impotent to make any contribution to job creation in our country.