SA youth find it hard to get jobs - August 2011

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A recent survey pubished by the South African Institute of Race Relations this year shows that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 make up 51 percent of the unemployed in South Africa, more than twice the national unemployment rate of 25 percent.

Basically, the youth are feeling the job crisis the worst, with a total of 1.2 million unemployed between the ages of 20-24, while a further 1 million are 25-29, according to  figures released by the University of Cape Town's School of Economics.

Reasons for Unemployment

Some of the reasons given for the high rate of unemployment amongst young people include tough labour regulations, the failure of the national education system and a lack of skilled workers. 

Current labour regulations make it difficult to fire - and hire - people, which means employers are unwilling to take a risk with young and unskilled workers.

The failing education system and the lack of skills training facilities mean that youth are not sufficiently prepared to fit into the workplace.

To emphasise this point, according to figures by leading staffing group Adcorps Holdings, in South Africa there is currently a shortage of 432 100 technicians, 216 000 managers and 178 400 professionals, and a surplus of 967 600 elementary workers and 247 400 domestic workers.

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