Ageing white workforce to impact SA labour market - report

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Cape Town - The white workforce in South Africa is ageing and this has implications in areas ranging from employment equity to the shortage of skilled individuals, the SA Institute of Race Relations (IRR) said in a report on labour market trends issued on Wednesday.

In 2015 close to half (48.5%) of what the IRR refers to as "African economically active people" were aged below 35. For the white population, about two-thirds (66.6%) of economically active people were aged 35 and above.

According to the report, the labour market participation rates of the different race groups show that the rate for Africans has picked up since 1994. However, it still lags behind that of the white population by roughly ten percentage points.

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