The South African Government’s statistics division ‘Statistics South Africa’ (Stats SA), has published the results of their Quarterly Employment Survey (QES), showing how the employment market has performed within the first quarter of 2019, as well as the previous 12 months.
Quarterly employment statistics show that the formal non-agricultural business sector showed an increase of 22,000 jobs (+0.2%) due to significant increases in community services (19,000 jobs or 0.7%), mining and quarrying (6,000 or 1.3%), manufacturing (5,000 or 0.4%) and business services (5,000 or 0.2%).
However, despite the improved numbers in this sector, there were decreases in the trade (-8,000 or 0.4%), transport (-3,000 or 0.6%) and construction (-1,000 or 0.2%) industries.
Stats SA’s research revealed a 5.6% quarterly decrease in the total earnings paid to employees in March 2019 (R688 billion) vs December 2018 (R728 billion).
Decreases in gross earnings were most profoundly felt in the community services industry (R9.6 billion), trade industry (R8bn) and manufacturing industry (R7.8bn)