South African CEOs and businesses are adopting a wait-and-see approach to hiring in the current environment.
The country’s GDP data from the first quarter of 2021 indicates that activity in the construction sector is still moving at a slow pace, which correlates with the sluggish progress in the government’s infrastructure programme. The current administration has listed infrastructure spending as an important pillar of its economic recovery plan.
In terms of the QLFS, South Africa’s jobless rate has risen by 0.1 percentage points to 32.6%. Moreover, the expanded definition, which includes discouraged jobseekers, is at 43.2% – a level last recorded in 2008.
South Africa registered an annualised and seasonally adjusted growth rate of 4.1%, mostly boosted by an increase in mining activity. However, the underlying figures tell a story of an economy suffering the after-effects of prolonged
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