Bhorat, H., Cassim, A., Yu, D., (2016) Temporary employment services in South Africa: Assessing the industry’s economic contribution.

Author(s):  Bhorat, H., Cassim, A., Yu, D.
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What is the contribution of the temporary employment services (TES) industry, also known as the labour broker sector, to employment andoutput growth in post-apartheid South Africa? Since labour surveys do not directly probe whether workers were hired through labour brokers, the industry category ‘business services not elsewhere classified’ was used as a proxy for the TES industry. It was found that the TES employment increased from 0.2 million in 1995 to 0.97 million in 2014, accounting for 6.4% of total employment.
More than 70% of TES workers worked in the tertiary sector, but unskilled occupations dominated the employment distribution. The TES industry contributed to an approximate 0.02% reduction in the poverty headcount ratio in 2012, and 7.6% of the country’s GDP
in 2014. The TES industry has obviously become an important employment and output growth driver in South Africa.

Type(s):  Report