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Employment and vacancies statistics for March 2013

According to the figures released today (June 21) by the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD), total employment in the private sector surveyed increased by 1.9% or 50 000 persons in March 2013 compared with a year earlier. The total number of vacancies was 80 170, representing an increase of 15% or 10 200 over the preceding year. South Africa ImmigrationEmployment statistics In March 2013, the selected industries as a whole employed 2 689 700 persons. The import and export trade engaged 495 200 persons, followed by the professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) engaging 263 100 persons, the retail trade 262 700 persons, and the food and beverage services 237 500 persons. Employment increased in most of the surveyed industries compared with a year earlier. Increases in employment were recorded in the industries of construction sites (10.1% or 7 200 persons); human health services (5.1% or 5 000 persons); accommodation services (covering hotels, guesthouses, boarding houses and other establishments providing short term accommodation) (4.6% or 1 700 persons); real estate (4.0% or 4 900 persons); and professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) (3.6% or 9 100 persons). On the other hand, employment decreased mainly in the industries of manufacturing (-3.7% or -4 000 persons); and wholesale (-1.5% or -900 persons). Employment figures for selected major industries are shown in Table 1. Vacancies statistics Among the 80 170 private sector vacancies, 14 070 were from the industry of food and beverage services; 9 400 from the retail trade; 8 550 from the import and export trade; 7 300 from the professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services); and 7 030 from the arts, entertainment, recreation and other services. Vacancies increased in most of the selected industries in March 2013 over a year earlier. Increases were mainly in the industries of food and beverage services (4 000 or 40%); retail trade (1 220 or 15%); import and export trade (920 or 12%); and residential care and social work services (610 or 27%). Yet, decrease was seen mainly in the industry of manufacturing (-260 or -9%). Job vacancies figures for selected major industries are shown in Table 2. Analysed by major occupation category, private sector vacancies were observed mainly in the categories of service and sales workers (28 460 vacancies); associate professionals (19 080 vacancies); elementary occupations (11 420 vacancies); and clerical support workers (10 160 vacancies). Job vacancies figures by major occupation category are shown in Table 3. Seasonally adjusted statistics For discerning the latest trend in employment and vacancies in the private sector, it is useful to look at changes over a three-month period in the respective seasonally adjusted figures. Compared with December 2012, the seasonally adjusted total employment and total vacancies in the surveyed industries increased by 0.9% and 6.0% respectively in March 2013. The changes over three-month period in the seasonally adjusted series of employment and vacancies are shown in Table 4. Other information The above employment and vacancies statistics were obtained from the Quarterly Survey of Employment and Vacancies and the Quarterly Employment Survey of Construction Sites conducted by the C&SD. In the former survey, some economic activities (e.g. those dominated by self-employment, including taxi operators and hawkers) are not covered. Therefore, the respective employment and vacancies figures relate only to those selected industries included in the survey. In the latter survey on construction sites, employment and vacancies figures relate to manual workers only. Source: http://7thspace.com/headlines/439857/employment_and_vacancies_statistics_for_march_2013.html

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