n AfricaGrowth Agenda - A profile of own account workers in South Africa

Volume 2016, Issue 04
  • ISSN : 1811-5187


The informal sector, which encompasses own account workers, has a stronghold in developing countries although in South Africa, its size is limited. The paper provides a snapshot of the socio-demographic and employment outcomes of own account workers in South Africa. The study finds that in 2014, South Africa had 1,2 million own account workers within the subset of 2,4 million informal sector workers. Four-fifths of own account workers were Black/African; were aged between 33-44 years; more than half were male; the majority had incomplete secondary school education and most worked in semi-skilled occupations. The Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal provinces were home to most of these workers.

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