http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.96Change: -0.08
R/$ = 13.34Change: -0.04
Au 1132.31 $/ozChange: -2.54
Pt 1005.00 $/ozChange: -15.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
May 30, 2011

Patel calls for improvement to SA’s labour market stats

Back
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel calls on researchers to help government improve South Africa’s labour market statistics. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer. (30/5/2011)
 
 
 
Construction|Expertise|Africa|Mining|transport|Africa|Manufacturing|Services
Construction|Expertise|Africa|Mining|transport|Africa|Manufacturing|Services
construction|expertise|africa-company|mining|transport|africa|manufacturing|services
© Reuse this



Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has called on researchers and academics to help government improve South Africa’s labour market statistics, which he believes remain distorted by the flawed information gathering processes of apartheid and possibly also by the increased deployment of labour broking.

Speaking at the inaugural 'Development Conference on the New Growth Path' in Boksburg on Monday, Patel said it was well known that the labour-market information relating to South Africa’s ‘African’ workforce, prior to the democratic era, had been highly “distorted” – a fact that made an analysis of historical trends difficult.

Since 1994, the statistical authorities had improved their coverage of the African population, using new instruments. But these continued to throw up anomalies.

He noted, for instance, that results from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) – a household survey, covering both formal and informal employment areas – did not gel with the results of the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES), a survey of businesses, excluding the informal and agricultural sectors.

While not “strictly comparable”, government is perplexed by a 400 000 manufacturing-job differential from one survey to the other. In the first quarter of 2011, the QES reported some 1,1-million formal sector manufacturing jobs, while the QLFS calculated that there were 1,5-million formal sector manufacturing jobs.

“There are other large and inexplicable gaps in sectors ranging from mining and construction, to transport and the financial sector,” Patel said.

He argued that it was possible that labour broking had influenced the statistics, with what would previously having been classified as manufacturing jobs being “reclassified” as financial services jobs, even though the underlying activity had not changed.

“We need to use your knowledge base, your expertise and your research work to shed more light for us as government,” Patel told an audience, which included government Ministers, academics, union leaders and representatives from organised business.

“Part of our work in the next year, must be to develop the best quality labour-market information that is possible so that we can see both the trends, as well as the absolute numbers of employed and unemployed,” Patel concluded.
 

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Video News
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 39 minutes ago South Africa's rand traded weaker against the dollar early on Monday after the Federal Reserve's vice chairman suggested over the weekend that the US may raise rates in September. At 0630 GMT the rand eased 0.14% to 13.3275 per dollar, extending losses to a third...
Updated 46 minutes ago After recent reports by the Auditor-General and Public Protector pointed to several tender irregularities, as well as fruitless and wasteful expenditure, at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), the agency has committed to “taking appropriate steps” to...
Updated 1 hour 35 minutes ago With gross domestic product increases of at least fivefold since 2000, Africa’s growth story has been the good news narrative of recent years.
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Training company The Intelligence Transfer Centre will host the fourth yearly Environmental Crimes Conference at the Indaba Hotel, in Fourways, Johannesburg between September 9 and 10. Confirmed key regulatory bodies that will attend the event include the Department...
The government of Egypt has said it is ready to provide technical assistance to Malawi in the development of the Shire–Zambezi waterway, which is designed to link landlocked Malawi to the Indian Ocean by opening the two rivers for navigation. Egyptian ambassador to...
Kenya is finally set to start building a new multipurpose petroleum pipeline, after securing a $350-loan from a consortium of banks, including South Africa's Rand Merchant Bank. The other banks in the consortium are the Cooperative Bank of Kenya, Citibank's Kenya...
MARAIS VAN HEERDEN The owner/operator should be able to view the overall project design and progress made at any time
Three-dimensional (3D) engineering design models can now be viewed on tablets, which enable stakeholders to view the design without having to buy the design software used to create it, says engineering design firm 3DDraughting executive Marais van Heerden. The...
Ford’s newest offering in a long list of newcomers to the local market in the last two years is the B-Max multi-activity vehicle (MAV). The B-Max will play in the so called B-MAV segment, or the small MAV segment, currently dominated by Toyota’s Avanza, which sells...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96