Part-time jobs will not solve the unemployment crisis

28th September 2023

Stats SA’s latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) trends reported for 2022/23 show that the lack of job creation remains the most significant setback for growth and development.

The QES reiterates that an employment rate increase of 0,4% against a staggering unemployment rate of 32,6% represents a slow economic progression indicator, leaving those pursuing jobs with little to no hope. 

According to StatsSA, full-time employment decreased by 46 000 (-0,5% year-on-year) between June 2022 and June 2023, while part-time jobs increased by 150 000 (13,2% year-on-year) between June 2022 and June 2023. 

While some employment was created, the bottom line remains sustainability over temporary measures. South Africans need jobs that contribute to livelihoods and growth in the long run.

Ahead of World Day for Decent Work on 7 October 2023, UASA calls on stakeholders, industry and labour partners, and unions to step up and work with government to find tangible solutions to salvage the unemployment pandemic.

Table discussions and proactive actions to protect existing jobs while developing weak economic segments to ensure stability can certainly assist our people. Temporary solutions can never remedy challenges for long-term results.

 

Issued by UASA spokesperson Abigail Moyo