Stats SA has released its latest report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment in South Africa. The report cites data from a “wave 2 survey” which collated responses from 2,688 South African residents aged 18 and older. The data was collected between 29 April and 6 May 2020, which coincides with the second phase of South Africa’s national lockdown. 69.5% of respondents said they were in paid employment before the national lockdown, and 15.3% of respondents were self-employed.
“Almost nine in ten (89.5%) of those who were employed before the national lockdown, remained employed during the lockdown, 8.1% reported that they lost their jobs or had to close their businesses, and 1.4% became unemployed,” Stats SA said.
“The national lockdown was the main reason most respondents (63.6%) were temporarily absent from work, while just over one-third (34.1%) indicated that they were not at work due to own ill-health and 2.3% were absent due to other reasons. Almost 70% of those lost their jobs reported this was due to their workplace shutting down or due to a lack of customers.
Before the national lockdown, the majority of respondents indicated that they had worked from non-residential buildings, while only 1.4% of those in employment worked from home,” Stats SA said.
“However, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about a change where 77.9% of those who worked during the national lockdown, did so from home compared to 15.1% who worked from non-residential buildings. The graph below shows the employment situation of all respondents during the national lockdown.
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