The struggle for black women to enter the job market still continues. Based on the recent statistics, released on Tuesday by Statistics SA (Stats SA), black females accounted for the highest portion of the unemployed.
And even though young women were more educated than their male counterparts, they are still not being absorbed into the job market.
“Young women (aged 15–34 years) in the labour force are better educated than young men. Amongst employed young women, 22,8% had a tertiary qualification and 39,8% a matric, compared to 14,1% and 36,0% respectively among young employed men.”
The data also shows that there were more men in managerial positions compared to their female counterparts.
“Women employed in skilled occupations were more likely to work as Technicians compared to Managers and Professionals,” say the stats.
Black women are still at the bottom of the scale when it comes to earnings too.
A report released in July revealed that white people were still the highest earners among those employed in South Africa. White males are the highest paid, followed by white females.
Rabelani Dagada, a Policy Fellow at the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), reckons that one of the reasons for this is lack of training of black graduates by companies.
“White people have more exposure in terms of socialisation. Black graduates may need to be empowered a little bit, but companies want ready-made professionals and that’s not fair. If companies do training in terms of social skills and life skills, you wouldn’t have these salary distortions,” Dagada told DESTINY in a previous interview.
He also found that black people who were articulate in English had a better chance of getting a job compared to those who didn’t speak with an accent.
“Those black people who went to government schools don’t talk with a particular accent and it works against them, which is unfair. White managers want to see young professionals who talk like their sons or daughters and not someone who speaks like their housekeeper. So if you’re black and went to a particular school and you talk like their children, you’re taken care of,” he said.