Unemployment is still a problem even though about 87 000 new jobs have been created since September last year.

This is according to the latest employment figures released by Statistics South Africa on Tuesday.

The unemployment rate in South Africa was about 27.1% in the fourth quarter of 2018, with more than six million people without any jobs.

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During a job summit last year president Cyril Ramaphosa said the government hoped new interventions by the government, labour and business would create about an extra 275 000 direct jobs a year.

“This is over and above the jobs that would have been created without these interventions, which was on average about 300 000 a year over the past four years,” said Ramaphosa.

The Confederation of Associations Private Employment Sector (Capes) said although an overnight solution is not feasible, unemployment could be eased.

“Around the globe, temporary employment services play a large role in providing employment opportunities. An example of such is career opportunities for more than 15 million employees per year in the United States.”

“There are many myths surrounding temporary employment services – also known as ‘labour brokers’. In reality, professional and regulated temporary employment services provide a valuable service to job seekers, businesses and the economy. These ensure all workers, regardless of their contractual arrangement, enjoy decent working conditions.”

Despite opposition, there has been an increase in the use of temporary employment services  throughout the industrialised and developing world.

“Work has changed and continues to change daily in response to the fourth industrial revolution,” said Capes.


“These include job redundancy, skills revolutions and the shift to non-standard forms of employment.”




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