Unemployment Each one teach one
The numbers on SA’s unemployment crisis have been stubbornly, horribly dismal for decades, and show no signs of improvement. While the number of actual jobs has increased over the past 20 years, the unemployment rate is currently 25.4%, up from 17.6% in 1995. According to a new study, a coupe of trends are driving this. One is that kids with matric are finding it more difficult to find work – and that in parallel, the demand among businesses and government is for older, more experienced and better educated workers. One of the reasons for this is that the economy has changed structurally, with demand for unskilled labour in sectors like mining and agriculture on the decline. Job growth in small and medium enterprises is stagnant, and permanent employment is in a state of rapid decline. As a famous man once asked (OK, it was Lenin) “What is to be done?”. A dramatic overhaul and dramatic improvement in the education system is one way to go apparently.
Comment: The study, by Derek Yu, Atoko Kasongo and Mariana Moses is entitled “South African labour force 1995-2015”, is a vital and important document, and should be required reading for everyone in government, industry and indeed education.