Conceptual framework

Skills Needs of the Informal Sector: A Conceptual Framework

The primary purpose of this study is to provide a perspective on the skills needs of individuals engaged in work in the informal sector in South Africa.

Labour Market Intelligence research programme


This conceptual framework considers the rationale behind this report, which ultimately aims to understand the skills requirements of individuals engaged in the informal sector and consider how an enabling skills ecosystem for individuals to thrive in the informal sector can be created. The report will make use of labour force survey data from Statistics South Africa, as well as literature related to small businesses and the informal sector in South Africa, to do this.

This publication covers

  • Key concepts & background
  • Purpose and rationale
  • Key research questions to be answered through the study
  • Target group for the report
  • Scope of report, methodology and approach