Workforce Profile (EAP)

Workforce Distribution
The workforce population distribution is based on the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) published by Statistics South
Africa on the Economically Active Population (EAP). The EAP includes people from 15 to 64 years of age who are either
employed or unemployed and who are seeking employment. The EAP is meant to provide guidance to employers in order to
assist them in determining the resource allocation and subsequent interventions that are needed to achieve an equitable and
representative workforce.

Male     Female

AM

African male

40.7%

AF

African female

34.2%

CM

Coloured male

5.8%

CF

Coloured female

5.0%

IM

Indian male

1.9%

IF

Indian female

1.1%

WM

White male

6.4%

WF

White female

4.9%

TOTAL

54.8%

TOTAL

45.2%

Source: Statistics South Africa, (QLFS 3 2012) (all percentages are rounded to one decimal point)

The national demographics of the Economically Active Population (EAP) are illustrated in Table 1 above by race and gender.
Together with the EAP by province set out below, vital information is provided to employers for the setting of employment
equity numerical goals and targets. In addition, the EAP data indicates that special efforts are also required to increase the
pool of women who are economically active, especially when they are the majority in terms of the total population and are
able to make more of a contribution towards the development of the South African economy