Labour Market Studies

Earnings Inequality in South Africa, 1995 – 2003

by WOOLARD, I. & WOOLARD, C. , 2006
Employment Growth & Development Initiative Occasional Paper No. 1. Cape Town : Human Sciences Research Council Press

Woolard and Woolard use October Household Survey and Labour Force Survey data to establish whether the real earnings gap between highly skilled and low-skilled workers in the formal sector of the South African economy narrowed or widened between 1995 and 2003. It also assesses changes in the earnings gap between whites and other race groups,…

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The State of the Labour Market in Contemporary South Africa

by MOLEKE, P., 2004
The State of the Nation. 2003-2004 eds J.Daniel, A.Habib, R.Southall. Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council pp204-224

The state of the labour market in South Africa is a reflection of the crippling legacies of apartheid and as such is a major challenge confronting the government. There are pockets of progress, but progress is limited relative to the magnitude of the inherited inequities:· Whites still dominate high-level occupations; Africans and women are concentrated in…

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The State of Labour Market Deracialisation

by MOLEKE, P., 2004
The State of the Nation. 2003-2004. eds J.Daniel, A.Habib, R.Southall. Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council. chpt 8, pp202-222

Moleke looks at the racial skills distribution in the labour market. She finds that deracialisation is happening but the pace is slow and uneven across sectors. An attempt is made to identify some of the reasons for this problem. While the reasons are not weighted in terms of importance, the need to focus on education…

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Research Gaps: Labour Market Function and Policy in South Africa

by ALTMAN, M., 2005
Research Report, Employment Growth & Development Initiative, Human Sciences Research Council

Altman reviews an Human Sciences Research Council labour market research project aimed at identifying knowledge gaps to define a research agenda going forward. Seven overview papers were prepared.covering: low-wage work, labour market regulation, wage formation, the role of the public sector, education and training, school-to-work transitions, HIV/AIDS in the labour market, active labour market policies,…

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A Review of Labour Markets in South Africa: References

by ALTMAN, M., 2005
Research report, Employment and Economic Policy Research, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria. Prepared for the SA Presidency.

This paper contains the references for the Human Sciences Research Council’s labour market studies of 2005.

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Review of Labour Markets in South Africa: Low-waged and informal employment in South Africa

by VALODIA, I., LEBANI, L., SKINNER, C. , 2005
Research Report, Employment Growth & Development Initiative, Human Sciences Research Council

Low-wage employment and informal employment are two important considerations for labour market policy in South Africa. In addition to the high levels of low-wage income in labour market, the country has not been shielded from the rapid growth in informal employment across the globe. Understanding trends in and patterns of informal employment is critical for…

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Labour Market Regulation: International and South African Perspectives

by BENJAMIN, P., 2005
Research Report, Employment Growth & Development Initiative, Human Sciences Research Council

The first ten years of democracy in South Africa saw a significant programme of labour market regulation, as the new regime extended labour rights to employees and established structures to overcome apartheid deficits. Effective regulation has to address new forms of workforce segmentation, and new models of the employment relationship in the developed world provide…

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A Review of Labour Markets in South Africa: how Different is the South African Labour Market? International Perspectives and Parallels

by EDGREN, G., 2005
Research Report, Employment Growth & Development Initiative, Human Sciences Research Council

Half a century of apartheid left a deep imprint on all aspects of the South African labour market. In many ways, this leaves the country as a ‘special case’ in the field of labour market analysis, with large gaps in human development, significant underutilisation of the labour force, and difficult tensions in industrial relations. But…

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A Review of labour Markets in South Africa: Wage Trends and Dynamics in South Africa

by ALTMAN, M., 2005
Research Report, Employment Growth & Development Initiative, Human Sciences Research Council

Wages play an important role in the broader economy from both efficiency and equity perspectives. Wage formation also lies at the heart of a power play between workers and employers. As part of a broader labour market review, Altman considers the state of knowledge on wage determination in South Africa. She assesses whether wage setting…

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