Fact Sheet

Characteristics of the South African Labour Force – 2022

This Fact Sheet aims to provide information about the characteristics of the South African labour force from 2020:Q4 to 2021:Q4.


The analysis of labour force characteristics provides crucial insights into the formulation and monitoring of policy measures aimed at boosting skills development and job creation. As underscored by the ILO, information, knowledge and insights into the labour force enables policy makers to engage in informed policy dialogues on employment and skills development policy, make informed decisions in setting national employment and skills development targets, and evaluate the costs and benefits of policies, measures and programmes aimed at improving employment and skills levels in an economy.

  • Data and methodology
  • Profile of the Labour Force for the period 2020:Q4 to 20201:Q4
  • Classification of the employed
  • Reasons for and duration of unemployment