How do women fare in the South African labour market?


The South African labour market is more favourable to men than it is to women and men are more likely to be in paid employment than women, regardless of race.According to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics South Africa, the official unemployment rate has been relatively high since 2008. In the last decade, the rate has increased from 23,2% in the first quarter of 2008 to 27,2% in the second quarter of 2018.

The expanded unemployment rate, which does not take the job search into account, was even higher and increased from 30,9% in 2008 to 37,2% in 2018. Throughout this period, both of these rates were higher amongst women than men. The rate of unemployment amongst women was 29,5% in the second quarter of 2018 compared with 25,3% amongst men, according to the official definition of unemployment. According to the expanded definition, the rate of unemployment amongst women was 7,5 percentage points higher than that of males.


 

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