The NSA released the Labour Force Survey 2016 report today, 5 July 2017. After three consecutive annual surveys between 2012 and 2014, no survey was conducted in 2015. Hence, this report provides relevant information on the situation on the labour market at a point in time, when the Namibian economy was on a downward trend.
A few highlights:
We expect the situation on the labour market to stabilise this year, since the agricultural sector is expected to provide more employment opportunities after the good rainfall. The construction sector is expected to reduce the workforce considerably, because of construction projects that have been completed and because of substantial cuts in Government’s capital budget. However, this will most likely not outweigh additional employment created in the agricultural sector.
In order to reduce youth unemployment, more efforts are needed to provide apprenticeships, internships, and job attachments that will help the youth to enter the labour market. Likewise, vocational training programmes need to be expanded in order to provide school-leavers with practical skills that are sought after on the labour market.
Since we are starting from a low basis, it will be possible to achieve the target of 200,000 additional jobs during the NDP5 period.