Over three million Zimbabweans are employed – ZIMSTAT

by | Nov 12, 2021 | Business, Local News | 0 comments

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa

A Zimstat research into the country`s employment level has shown that there are 3.4 million Zimbabweans who are employed.
According to the recently released Third Quarter, Quarterly Labour Force Survey Results by Zimstat Acting Manager Labour Market Mr Tidings Matangira, majority of Zimbabweans are employed in wholesale, retail, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles.
The total number of employed people were stands at 3 349 723 with employed males being 1 939 699 and employed females standing at 1 410 024.
Those in formal employment are 26 percent of the total figure and 45,6 percent are employed in informal non-agricultural industries.
The research says 23,6 percent of the total employed are in Agriculture and 4,8 percent are in private households as domestic servants.
The primary objective of the survey was to find out the number of people classified according to their activity status in line with the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians( ICLS ) resolution in terms of the measurement of work statistics, informal sector and informal employment.
It also sought to find out labour migration and labour market indicators necessary to monitor the implementation of Zimbabwe’s macro-economic policies such as the National Development Strategy 1( NDS1) and other related strategies.
Zimstat looked at key labour market indicators for Zimbabwe that are comparable with other SADC and African countries in line with international standards established by the International Labour Organisation( ILO).
It also sought indicators that allow monitoring of the implementation of the SDGs and Agenda 2063.
Work comprises any activity performed by persons of any sex and age to produce goods or to provide services for use by others or for own use and is irrespective of its formal or informal character or the legality of the activity.
The concept of work is aligned with the General production boundary as defined in the System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA) and its concept of economic unit that distinguishes between market units, non-market units and households that produce goods or services for own final use. Work can be performed in any kind of economic unit.
The demographic with the highest unemployment figure is among those who are between 14 and 24.