South Africa

Energy sector employment skyrockets

Statistics South Africa released the Quarterly Employment Statistics report today, which revealed that part-time employment in the country’s energy industry increased by 100% quarter-on-quarter.

The report showed that employment increased by 39,000 or 0.4% quarter-on-quarter. This took the number of employed people from 10.04 million in March 2023 to 10.08 million in June 2023. 

This was largely due to increases in community services (1.4%), business services (0.5%), mining (0.4%), and electricity (1.7%).

However, there were decreases in the manufacturing, transport, trade and construction industries. 

Total employment increased by 104,000 or 1.0% year-on-year between June 2022 and June 2023.

However, full-time employment decreased by 25,000 or -0.3% quarter-on-quarter, from 8.82 million in March 2023 to 8.79 million in June 2023.  

Full-time employment decreased by 46,000 or -0.5% year-on-year between June 2022 and June 2023.

Part-time employment increased by 64,000, or 5.2% quarter-on-quarter, from 1.22 million in March 2023 to 1.29 million in June 2023. 

This was largely due to increases in community services (8.6%), business services (5.2%), construction (7.1%) and electricity (100%). 

Part-time employment increased by 150,000 or 13.2% year-on-year between June 2022 and June 2023.

The second quarter report also provided insight into employment figures in industries before and after the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Three out of eight industries – mining, manufacturing and community services – have returned to pre-pandemic employment levels.

Gross earnings paid to employees increased by R3.6 billion or 0.4% from R828.7 billion in March 2023 to R832.4 billion in June 2023. 

This was largely due to increases in the following industries – community services, trade, transport, construction, manufacturing and mining. 

However, there were decreases in the business services and electricity industries.

The year-on-year total gross earnings increased by R42.9 billion or 5.4% between June 2022 and June 2023.

Basic salary and wages paid to employees increased by R19.3 billion or 2.6% from R738.5 billion in March 2023 to R757.8 billion in June 2023. 

The year-on-year basic salary and wages increased by R38.6 billion or 5.4% between June 2022 and June 2023.

Average monthly earnings showed a quarter-on-quarter increase of 2.8%.

This took the average monthly earnings from R25,274 in February 2023 to R25,994 in May 2023. Year-on-year, average monthly earnings increased by 5.4%.

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