Employment status, security, and the management of risk: a study of workers in Kwamsane, KwaZulu-Natal

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dc.contributor.author Lund, Francis en_US
dc.contributor.author Ardington, Cally en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-03T12:05:50Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-03T12:05:50Z
dc.date.issued 2006-08 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/52
dc.description.abstract The study investigates the concept of security in relationship to work and employment. Work has conventionally been seen as the pathway to economic security; however, the growth in the numbers of people in the informal economy and in atypical forms of formal work has led to work being a source of risk and vulnerability for some categories of workers. We propose that security has separate components: income, health, education, employment and skill reproduction, place of work, demand, capital, and the ability to manage risk. We use eighteen indicators for the wage employed and six for the self-employed to estimate the extent of formality of employment, and use these to assess the components of work-related security for those in different employment statuses. This framework was applied to data collected in Kwamsane, KwaZulu-Natal in 2003. As expected, the self-employed were generally more vulnerable than those in wage employment, and there was clear gender segmentation in the labour market. However, differentiating the wage employed into three clusters based on the degree of formality of their employment revealed a more complex and nuanced picture. en_US
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit en_US
dc.subject Employment
dc.subject Economic security
dc.subject Informal economy
dc.subject Self-employment
dc.subject Labour market
dc.title Employment status, security, and the management of risk: a study of workers in Kwamsane, KwaZulu-Natal en_US


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