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Towards a generic survey of labour market information in South Africa


Date posted:

2022/06/01

Publication year:

2012

Corporate author/s:

Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET); Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP); Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Person/s as author/s:

Mncwango, Bongiwe

Output-type:

working paper

Format:

pdf

This paper investigates the current state of South African firm-level studies. It is evident that divergence in when studies were researched and written and variation in research agendas and approaches hinders the understanding and tracking of the progress of our multi-faceted and volatile labour market. Furthermore, previous attempts to implement firm level surveys have shown the declining response rates and lack of continuity. The paper also looks at international experiences with regard to firm level surveys in order to highlight successful experiences and effective practices. The study then suggests three possible options: 1) Strengthening workplace skills plans; 2) Launching a 'matched' employer-employee survey in South Africa; or 3) Conducting regular employer surveys to complement already existing data sources in order to address the gap in demand side data.

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