Cape Town – South Africa added some 81 000 non-agricultural jobs between September and December 2017, according to Statistics SA’s latest Quarterly Employment Statistics, or QES survey.
The quarterly survey details employment figures in the country’s non-agricultural business sector.
According to the report, employment increased by 81 000, form 9 716 000 in September 2017 to 9 797 000 in December 2017.
This corresponds to a year-on-year increase of 18 000 or 0.2% between December 2016 and December 2017.
The most notable quarterly increases were seen in trade (56 000), business services (29 000), community services (21 000) and manufacturing (4 000).
Jobs decreased in construction (-19 000), mining and quarrying (-7 000) and transport (-3 000).
As in previous years, the economic sector employing the most South Africans was “community, social and personal services” where 2 626 000 people work.
This sector includes government departments, defence and police, education, health, religious organisations, film and the arts.
Employment in SA’s mining and quarrying sector, meanwhile, was 453 000. This is some 36 000 fewer employees than in June 2015, when the QES survey was instituted.
Treasury Director General Dondo Mogajane told Fin24 last week that he hoped a resolution between government and industry around the reviewed Mining Charter would lead to a boost for the industry which has been starved of new investment over of the past few years.
Stats SA, said that average monthly earnings were R20 004 as of November 2017.
(Source: www.fin24.com, Mar 27, 2018)