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Understanding labour demand in South Africa and the importance of data sources


Date posted:

2022/06/01

Publication year:

2013

Corporate author/s:

Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP)

Person/s as author/s:

Kerr, Anthony

Output-type:

working paper

Format:

pdf

The aim of this paper is to clarify what is meant by labour demand in the Department of Higher Education and Training's (DHET) Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) project, to highlight the sources of data that can be used to understand labour demand and that are available to the LMIP and to make a distinction between analysing and forecasting labour demand. A brief history of manpower forecasting analysis (MFA) and its evolution into labour market analysis is given, exploring the different emphases of these approaches and how each of these might contribute to understanding labour market demand over time. What survey data can be used in the analysis of labour demand is then examined, before exploring possible sources of data on the South African labour market and how the value of these data can be improved. Finally, some suggestions on sources of administrative data that could also be used by the DHET for analysis of the labour market, and of labour demand, are made.

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