Employers add 5 000 jobs in first quarter
Posted on 20 Jun 2012 / Tags: none
in the formal non-agricultural sector rose marginally from the end of December
last year to the end of March this year, according to Statistics SA.
Stats SA’s Quarterly Employment Statistics survey released
yesterday shows the number of people employed in the formal non-agricultural
sector grew by about 5 000 people, or 0.1 percent in this time. There were an
estimated 8 379 000 employees at year-end and about 8 384 000 employees at the
end of March.
The agency said: “The March 2012 Quarterly Employment Statistics
survey shows that an estimated 8 384 000 people were employed in the formal
non-agricultural of the South African economy.
“This reflects an annual increase of about 95 000 employees (plus
1.1 percent), compared with March 2011.”
Abdul Davids, the head of research at Kagiso Asset Management,
said the rise in employment was in line with the PMI employment index, released
on Monday. This went up above 50 points for the first time in two years. “The
mining and construction sectors are moving away from using contractors to
employing directly. This may be due to the debate on labour brokers.”
The survey found that the gross earnings paid to employees during
the first quarter reflected an annual increase of R29.4bn, or 9.2 percent,
compared with the quarter to March 2011.
Average monthly earnings, including bonuses and overtime payments,
paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector in February came in at
R13 080. This was down by 1 percent from November 2011 but represented an
annual average increase of 6.7 percent.
The mining and quarrying industry reported an annual increase of
11 000 employees, or 2.2 percent, in March 2012 compared with March 2011.
There was a quarterly rise of 4 000 employees or 0.8 percent in
March 2012, compared with December 2011.
Stats SA said the construction industry reported an annual
increase of 17 000 employees, or 4.1 percent, at the end of March compared with
the end of March 2011.
There was a quarterly increase of 4 000 employees or 0.9 percent
in March compared with December 2011.
The agency said this was mainly due to increases in employment in
the building of complete constructions.
Gross earnings of employees in the electricity, water and gas
supply industry reflected an annual increase of R404m, or 9.4 percent, for the
quarter to March this year, compared with the quarter to March 2011.
Gross earnings of employees in the manufacturing industry
reflected an annual increase of R3 091m, or 7.7 percent, for the quarter to
March 2012 from the quarter to March last year.