Survey to inform development agenda

Monday, February 3, 2020

Statistician General Dr Burton Mguni has hailed the Quarterly Multi-Topic Survey (QMTS) saying it will help in the provision of information relating to employment creation and other changes in employment across the economy.

During the presentation of the survey results for the labour force in Gaborone on Tuesday (21 January 2020), Dr Mguni said the economy was faced with high levels of unemployment in the midst of a saturated job market in government and limited opportunities in the private sector.

He said the general unemployment rate between males and females currently stood at 8.5 per cent with female unemployment higher than that of males at 101 799 as compared to 93 190 for males. He also noted that the unemployment rate between the ages of 15 and above currently stands at 20.7 per cent besides the youth unemployment (15-35) which sits at 26.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, the report shows that the youth not in employment, not in education or training (NEET) stands at 47.4 per cent while the average earnings are estimated at P5 400 per month.

The findings also indicate that in terms of gender, being male as opposed to female increased the probability for employment relative to unemployment.

Dr Nguni explained that the survey was a part of a wider effort by Statistics Botswana to avail information to stakeholders at regular and short intervals.

This he said, was followed by feedback from stakeholders in demanding employment information at increased periodicity. He said the designed modules would also be used to provide indicators that could only be obtained from surveys to inform on developments agenda such as the Agenda 2030 on sustainable development goals, Agenda 2063, the Vision 2036 and national development plans.

He explained that Quarter three of 2019 was conducted between July and September and covered selected households in the districts.

He said while the survey focused primarily on the labour force information, from time to time, the survey would include a second module on a rotational basis depending on the availability of resources.

Source: BOPA

Date: 22 Jan 2020

Author: Naomi Leepile