oa Agriprobe - Agricultural employment statistics

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



The Quarterly Labour Force Survey is a household survey that is being conducted by Statistics South Africa ("Stats SA") every three months since the beginning of 2008. In 2005, Statistics South Africa started the revision process of the Labour Force Survey (which was conducted biannually from 2000 until 2007), and specialists from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were approached to help with the restructuring of the survey. The report (that was provided by the IMF researchers) covers aspects like scope, coverage, frequency and timeliness. In response to the IMF report, Statistics South Africa changed the biannual labour force survey to a quarterly survey and also changed the questionnaire slightly. The aim of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey is to collect information about all persons living in South Africa that is of working age (between 15 and 65) ( 2008a).

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