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Understanding labour demand in South Africa, and the importance of data sources

14 March 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Speakers: Dr Andrew Kerr, Senior Research Officer in DataFirst, University of Cape Town
Date: 14 March 2014
Time: 12h30  – 13H30

The aim of this paper is to clarify what is meant by labour demand in the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Labour Market Intelligence System (LMIS), to highlight the sources of data that can be used to understand labour demand and that are available to be used for the LMIS and to clarify the aims of the LMIS with regard to analysing and forecasting labour demand. The paper explains what economists mean when they talk about labour supply and demand, gives a brief overview of the manpower forecasting analysis literature, discusses the potential uses of survey data on labour demand, the sources of such data and how these data could be improved. The paper also discusses the value of administrative data for analysing labour demand in South Africa.

Dr Andrew Kerr is a Senior Research Officer in DataFirst at the University of Cape Town where he works as an economist. He obtained DPhil and MPhil degrees in economics from the University of Oxford and was an undergraduate student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Andrew’s research interests lie in labour economics and transport economics. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the South African Competition Commission and has managed household and firm surveys in Tanzania and Ghana for the Centre of the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford.

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This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below.  

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

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