SA’s first-quarter employment picks up, but businesses are cutting costs
Dismal economic growth in the first three months failed to dent SA’s employment rate, although business are cutting overtime and part-time jobs
Non-agricultural employment in SA improved by 0.8% year-on-year in the first quarter, with employers adding 76,000 staff to their payrolls, notably those in the retail trade and business services sectors.
Part-time employment, however, dropped 4.9% in the first quarter year-on-year, data from Stats SA’s quarterly employment survey showed on Tuesday. Gross earnings fell 5.9% quarter-on-quarter, as employers continued to slash bonuses and overtime for their staff.