Pri­mary sec­tor job prospects weak

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Sizwe Dlamini

OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES for job seek­ers in the third quar­ter of this year are ex­pected to be weak­est in the agri­cul­ture, hunt­ing, forestry and fish­ing and the min­ing and quar­ry­ing sec­tors.

A Man­pow­erGroup Employment Out­look Sur­vey re­leased yes­ter­day said employment would be strong­est in the elec­tric­ity, gas and wa­ter sup­ply and the fi­nance, in­surance, real es­tate and busi­ness ser­vices sec­tors.

The sur­vey said em­ploy­ers in KwaZulu-Na­tal re­ported the strong­est in­ten­tions to hire more staff in the third quar­ter, while em­ploy­ers in the Eastern Cape and Free State re­ported the weak­est hir­ing in­ten­tions.

It said 9 per­cent of the 750 em­ploy­ers polled said they ex­pected an in­crease in staffing lev­els, 7 per­cent fore­cast a de­crease and 83 per­cent said lev­els would not change.

Man­pow­erGroup SA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lyndy van den Barse­laar said: “As global and lo­cal eco­nomic un­cer­tainty con­tin­ues, many busi­nesses re­main cau­tious about in­creas­ing staffing lev­els. South Africa faced two down­grades in re­cent months, which fur­ther demon­strates mar­ket un­cer­tainty, and which has re­sulted in busi­nesses be­ing more cau­tious in their spend­ing and hir­ing ac­tiv­ity. This is re­flected in the fact that the ma­jor­ity of lo­cal em­ploy­ers said they an­tic­i­pated no change in staffing lev­els for the up­com­ing quar­ter.”

Prospects

The sur­vey found that em­ploy­ers in all five re­gions said staffing lev­els would in­crease, with em­ploy­ers in KwaZulu-Na­tal re­port­ing the strong­est hir­ing prospects on a net employment out­look of plus 7 per­cent. The Western Cape and Gaut­eng recorded out­looks of plus 6 per­cent and plus 5 per­cent re­spec­tively.

“KZN remains a promis­ing re­gion for busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, with many lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional busi­nesses look­ing to the re­gion for ex­pan­sion, es­pe­cially those mak­ing use of its ports,” Van den Barse­laar said.

Van den Barse­laar said hir­ing prospects would weaken in four of the five re­gions polled, com­pared with the pre­vi­ous quar­ter, while out­looks would also de­cline year-on-year.

The sur­vey said em­ploy­ers in eight of the 10 in­dus­try sec­tors said they ex­pected to hire more peo­ple dur­ing the com­ing quar­ter, while two sec­tors re­ported out­looks of mi­nus 1 per­cent. “As wa­ter short­ages con­tinue to plague parts of the coun­try, in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses are in­vest­ing in sys­tems and tech­nolo­gies that en­able them to save wa­ter. This means that those in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions that are cre­at­ing, in­stalling and main­tain­ing these kinds of sys­tems and tech­nolo­gies are more than likely ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­crease in de­mand and are there­fore look­ing to hire,” Van den Barse­laar said.

Re­gion­ally, no­table op­ti­mism for the third quar­ter came from em­ploy­ers in the coastal and tourism prov­inces of KwaZulu-Na­tal and the Western Cape, with a 7 per­cent and 6 per­cent out­look re­spec­tively.

The coun­try’s un­em­ploy­ment rate in­creased to 27.7 per­cent in the first quar­ter of 2017.

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