Four briefs written by Debbie Budlender at Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) illustrate statisics on informal employment in South Africa, Ghana and Kenya respectively. The South African brief provides methodological insight, while the Ghana and Kenya briefs provide fact sheets on informal employment.
Measuring Informal Employment in South Africa: The New Quarterly Labour Force Survey discusses how the changes introduced in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) will affect: (a) how the informal sector and informal employment are or can be defined for analysis purposes, and (b) comparability of estimates based on QLFS data with earlier estimates based on Labour Force Survey (LFS) data. Researchers James Heintz and Dorrit Posel produced estimates of both the informal sector and informal employment. Researcher Gabrielle Wills’ work focused on informal employment rather than on the informal sector. This note discusses both concepts – informal sector and informal employment – in terms of question (a) above, but only informal employment in terms of question (b).
The three fact sheets on South Africa, Ghana and Kenya summarise statistics on employment – and, in particular, on urban informal employment – in the respective countries.
In Statistics on Informal Employment in South Africa, the statistics are based on analysis of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) conducted in the second quarter of 2010 by Statistics South Africa.
In Statistics on Informal Employment in Ghana, the statistics are based on analysis of the Ghana Living Standard Survey of 2006, conducted by Ghana Statistical Service.
In Statistics on Informal Employment in Kenya, the statistics are based on analysis of the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey of 2004/6, conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics.
The briefs can be downloaded from WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing).