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1 Adcorp Employment Index 2014 Labour Market Update

2 Unemployment remains SA’s major challenge One of post-apartheid’s greatest disappointments is the economy’s failure to create jobs – 13% unemployment in 1994 to 25% currently Official labour force size: 18.6 million of which 14 million formally employed 4.6 million South Africans are currently unemployed 2.2 million permanently discouraged about their prospects of finding work 0.6 million people underemployed 15.9% work on a part-time basis 37.7% work on a non-permanent contract basis 3.0 million (65.2%) of those officially unemployed have been out of work for more than a year Nearly half (44.3%) of the economically active population is idle, and a staggering proportion (74.5%) of youth under the age of 25 is idle By any measure, unemployment is easily South Africa’s most pressing socio- economic problem Who are the unemployed? Youth (72%), black African (85%), never worked before (51%)

3 Real wages in South Africa Note: * After-inflation wages in the non-agricultural private sector. Source: South African Reserve Bank (2012). Post-Labour Relations Act (1995)

4 Labour productivity in South Africa Post-Labour Relations Act (1995) Note: * The marginal productivity of labour, after removing the effect of capital equipment, machinery and other technologies. Source: Statistics South Africa (2012).

5 Economic activity and employment Data sources: South African Reserve Bank, Statistics SA.

6 Labour vs. capital Usage of labour and capital Data sources: South African Reserve Bank, Statistics SA.

7 Labour vs. capital productivity Labour productivity Data sources: South African Reserve Bank, Statistics SA. Capital productivity

8 Adcorp Employment Index Data source: Adcorp Analytics.

9 Typical and atypical employment Typical employment Data source: Adcorp Analytics. Atypical employment

10 Declining union membership Unionization rate Data source: Statistics SA. Unionization rate by sector

11 Strikes and intimidation Data source: Statistics SA. Strike participation rate Intimidation-related absenteeism

12 Skills shortages Skills shortage by occupation Data source: Adcorp Analytics. Skilled workers’ remuneration Occupation Skills shortage (000s)* Manager216.2 Professional178.4 Technician432.1 Clerk86.6 Sales and service worker104.3 Skilled agriculture3.1 Craft and related trade65.5 Plant and machine operator72.0 Elementary worker Domestic worker Total-56.8

13 Affirmative action Number of high-income Blacks Data source: Statistics SA. Average Black income

14 The trouble with Statistics SA’s estimates Variable Statistics SA estimate (QLFS Q4 2011) Actual/verified figureSource for actual/verified figure Undercount (percent) No. of taxpayers (individuals and businesses) SA Revenue Service Tax Statistics % No. of business owners The Business Trust (2011)64.7% Net new business taxpayers –SARS Tax Amnesty % Net new individual taxpayers –SARS Tax Amnesty % No. of businesses registered for VAT (active businesses only) SA Revenue Service Tax Statistics % Percent of employees reporting PAYE/SITE deductions by their employers57.0%70.0%SA Revenue Service Tax Statistics % Percent of employees reporting UIF deductions by their employers58.0%77.4%SA Revenue Service Tax Statistics % No. of individual UIF contributors Unemployment Insurance Fund Annual Report % No. of UIF recipients Unemployment Insurance Fund Annual Report % No. of medical aid or health insurance principal members Council for Medical Schemes Annual Report % Compensation of employees (R millions) Statistics SA GDP Q % No. reporting did not know/specify or refused to disclose income –Statistics SA QLFS Q % No. receiving wage increments in line with Bargaining Council agreements National Association of Bargaining Councils (2011)41.3% No. receiving social grants (old age, veteran, child support, etc.) SA Social Security Agency Statistical Report No. 41 (p. 8)23.5% No. underemployed (vs. no. willing to work additional hours/do extra work) Statistics SA QLFS Q % Average undercount (percent) 28.7% Data sources: Statistics SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey ( ). Other sources as indicated.

15 Migrating to the informal sector? Number of people running their own small businesses Data source: Statistics SA. Number of people trying to start their own businesses

16 The cash economy Notes and Coin in Circulation vs. Gross Domestic Expenditure Source: South African Reserve Bank (2011)

17 The light economy Data source: Henderson, V., A. Storeygard and D. N. Weil (2011). “A Bright Idea for Measuring Economic Growth”. American Economic Review 101:3, GDP and AVDN for 172 countries South Africa, Data source: Henderson et al. (op. cit.)


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