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South Africa – Temporary and agency jobs rise in November

06 December 2012

Employment in South Africa saw strong growth in November with temporary work being particularly in demand, the latest employment index by local staffing firm Adcorp shows today. During November alone, the economy added 70,502 jobs.

In the three months to November, a total of 112,473 jobs were added, reversing the decline of 82,431 jobs in the four months to August.

“Temporary work continued to outperform the other categories, adding 43,344 jobs during the month...  strong growth of 7.4% was achieved in agency work,” the company said. But the growth rate of permanent jobs slowed at 0.26%

In the transport sector, employment grew by 14.9%, followed by wholesale and retail at a growth rate of 10.3%. But the South African mining industry and manufacturing continued to shed jobs, losing 31,000 jobs in the month.

“The results are unfavourable with minimum wages in agriculture and mining together with dismissal protections throughout the economy, having caused 1.5 million job losses across various sectors since 2001,” said Adcorp labour economist, Loane Sharp.

“The current round of tightening of labour laws will exacerbate this trend.”

According to him, the high rate of job losses within the agriculture and mining industry had been fast-tracked by the introduction of minimum wages introduced in the 1990s and could worsen if the government goes ahead with plans to tighten labour law and follows calls to raise minimum wages. 


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