Employment up by 0.1% - StatsSA

DECEMBER 17, 2015

The number of employees in the non-agricultural sector of the SA economy has increased by 0.1% in the third quarter of 2015, according to a Stats SA’s Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey.

The survey that approximately 8 951 000 people were employed in SA’s formal economy.

“This reflected a quarterly increase of 7 000 employees (0.1%) between June 2015 and September 2015 and an annual increase of 4 000 employees between September 2014 and September 2015,” StatsSA said.

The quarterly increase was mainly due to increases in employment reported by business services (12 000 or 0.6%); trade (10 000 or 0.5%) and community services (8 000 or 0.3%).

According to StatsSA decreases were reported by industries including mining and quarrying (-12 000 or -2.5%), manufacturing (-5 000 or -0.4%); construction (-5 000 or -1.0%) and transport (-1 000 or -0.2).

Gross earnings paid to employees in the formal sector during the third quarter ended amounted to R495bn.

“This reflected a quarterly increase of R15.5bn (3.2%) compared with the quarter ended June 2015 and an annual increase of R30.8bn (+6.6%) compared with the quarter ended September 2014,” StatsSA said.

The QES survey showed that an estimated monthly average of R17 387 was paid to employees during August 2015.

This reflected a quarterly increase of 3.5% between May 2015 and August 2015 and an annual increase of 6.2% between August 2014 and August 2015.