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S.African employers still prefer men ahead of women

Southern Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

Stats SA's Pali Lehohla says males still employed ahead of females in the job market. PHOTO: GCIS

The trends are similar even among youths entering the job market.

According to statistician-general for Statistics South Africa, Pali Lehohla, female unemployment is at 39 per cent while male unemployment is at 33 per cent in the labour market.

Lehohla noted that the country needed to be more radical in addressing youth unemployment as figures suggested not much had changed since the global recession of 2009.

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“It’s very difficult for me to say policy makers are paying attention to the figures because the unemployment narrative in South Africa has been consistent from 2008 following the global recession,” he noted.

He added that even before the global meltdown, unemployment in South Africa was in the 20s.

“I think there are good intentions and perhaps good steps taken but they are not hitting the target.”

The statistician posited that experience was vital for youths to as to become more employable.

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“Our evidence is that when the youths have had experience the likelihood of getting a job is three times easier than without experience,” said Lehohla.

“There is merit in creating conditions for experience because that helps one to get into the job market.”


Lehohla postulated that, when people don’t have skills for an industrialising society and an information society certainly, their situation will obviously be bleak.

However, he said certain sectors were still labour intensive and not requiring much skilling.

“In social care, agriculture and construction not much skills are required as these sectors are still labour intensive, but in mining there is potential for mechanisation though labour intensive is still required.”

He intimated that, on the continent there was a lot of informal sectors in agricultural activity making urbanised South Africa’s unemployment statistics to be rife in comparison to its regional peers.