Developing a Multidimensional Youth Employability Index to unpack vulnerabilities in the lived realities of youth in Post-apartheid South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Storme, Evelien
dc.contributor.author De Lannoy, Ariane
dc.contributor.author Leibbrandt, Murray
dc.contributor.author De Boeck, Filip
dc.contributor.author Mudiriza, Gibson
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-19T11:08:04Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-19T11:08:04Z
dc.date.issued 2019-12
dc.identifier.citation Storme, E., De Lannoy, A., Leibbrandt, M., De Boeck, F., Mudiriza, G. (2019). Developing a Multidimensional Youth Employability Index to unpack vulnerabilities in the lived realities of youth in Post-apartheid South Africa. Cape Town: SALDRU, UCT. (SALDRU Working Paper Number 255)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928516-16-3
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/971
dc.description.abstract Employability, understood as the ability to gain, sustain, and move on in employment, depends on and shapes circumstances in a young person’s lifeworld. In a Post-apartheid South Africa individual attributes as well as vulnerabilities in the young person’s home and neighbourhood all impact on labour outcomes. We develop a multidimensional youth employability index to capture this complexity following the Alkire and Foster method. We use the Census 2011 data. The results show that various forms of networks in the youth’s household and neighbourhood make a stronger contribution to their employability than do the individual’s attributes such as education, despite the latter’s prominence in the employability literature. There is a strong geographical component to employability and results are highly differentiated across municipalities. It matters greatly whether youth are in formal or informal work, have become discouraged or are unemployed and looking for a job when it comes to being employability deprived. However, large proportions of employed youth are employability deprived and lived realities at the lower end of the labour market are very similar with or without a job. Our results therefore demonstrate the usefulness of an expanded view on youth employability as it is able to unpack hardships that remain masked when using “employment” as a single indicator for youth’s socio-economic inclusion into the labour market. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The research was funded by Anthropology of Human Security in Africa. ANTHUSIA is a multi-disciplinary research project in the Anthropology of Human Security in Africa conducted by a consortium of four universities in Aarhus (Denmark), Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Leuven (Belgium) and Oslo (Norway). It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 764546. This work forms part of Evelien Storme’s doctoral research and is the quantitative tier of a mixed method study looking into youth and livelihood in South Africa. The paper is a product of interdisciplinary collaboration between the Institute of Anthropology in Africa at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and the Southern African Labour and Development Unit at the School of Economics of the University of Cape Town. We’re thankful to Associate Professor in Human Security Christian B.N. Gade for helpful feedback and to Dr Joanna Ryan for research assistance. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;255
dc.subject livelihood en_US
dc.subject youth en_US
dc.subject employability en_US
dc.subject employment en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject multidimensional en_US
dc.title Developing a Multidimensional Youth Employability Index to unpack vulnerabilities in the lived realities of youth in Post-apartheid South Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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