Employment in Q1 expanded by 42,000 jobs - Stats SA

This signals a 0.4% increase as compared to the fourth quarter of last year.

FILE: Unemployed builders, tilers and plumbers hold signs seeking jobs on the side of the road in Johannesburg in November 2019. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Stats SA said that employment had grown by 42,000 jobs in the first quarter of the year, with part-time employment saving the day.

The quarterly employment statistics also showed that 200,000 jobs were gained in the period under review as compared to the same time last year.

The data is based on an enterprise-based sample survey and collects information from 20,000 businesses with an annual turnover of more than R300,000.

The country’s private sector employed 10.1 million people in the first three months of the year, with the exclusion of agriculture, informal businesses and domestic services.

This signals a 0.4% increase as compared to the fourth quarter of last year.

Year-on-year, jobs increased by 2%.

However, there remains a significant, glaring gap between full-time and part-time work employment.

Of the 42,000 jobs gained in the first quarter, the majority, at 41,000, were part-time while full-time jobs increased by 1,000.

The largest increases were recorded in community services, followed by manufacturing.

The Quarterly Employment Survey covers trends in mining, business services, construction and transport among others.