Women, unemployment and grants

Women bear a larger unemployment burden than men.

From the “What Worries the World” study published last week (What is worrying the world’s citizens mid-2021?), it was clear that South Africans are the nation in the world most worried about unemployment. Almost two thirds (64%) of online South Africans indicated that unemployment is their biggest worry.

The “Mzansi Roars” study, undertaken by Ipsos in 2020, enables an in-depth look at the total South African adult population, so this National Women’s Day we are looking at the employment figures from this study, and it is clear that women bear a larger unemployment burden than men. Women are also more likely to share their households with a larger number of people1 and live in households where there are more children of 14 years old or younger present2, than men.

For those respondents that indicated that they receive one or other type of grant from government (35.3%), it should come as no surprise, considering the above mentioned, that 47.1% of women indicated that they receive one or other type of government grant, while 22.7% of men are in the same situation.

South African adult population, so this National Women’s Day we are looking at the employment figures from this study

1Male respondents live in households with an average of 3.6 people, while Female respondents live in households with an average of 3.8 people.
2Male respondents live in households with an average of 0.9 children, while Female respondents live in households with an average of 1.2 children.

 

 

Technical Detail
  • Mzansi Roars: In July and August 2020 3,612 face-to-face interviews were conducted face-to-face with a randomly selected sample of adult South Africans, 15 years and older. Final results were weighted and projected to the universe, i.e. adult South Africans.

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