Employment

Concern over increase in youth unemployment

The Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) believes that there needs to be a support system in place for people working in the informal sector. FCOSS Executive Director, Mr Neil Maharaj said data released by the Bureau of Statistics had shown a trend towards informal employment since 2005. He said 57.2% of women were in […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 3, 2016 7:20 am

The Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) believes that there needs to be a support system in place for people working in the informal sector.

Government ministers at the Speaker's Debate in Suva. (FIJIAN GOVERNMENT)
Government Ministers at the Speaker’s Debate in Suva on Monday. (FIJIAN GOVERNMENT)

FCOSS Executive Director, Mr Neil Maharaj said data released by the Bureau of Statistics had shown a trend towards informal employment since 2005.

He said 57.2% of women were in casual jobs in 2005, and this had increased to 64.7% in 2011.

Mr Maharaj said the number of youths in the informal sector also increased from 50% in 2005 to 62.9% in 2011.

MAHARAJ: “More Fijians have less access to social security such as FNPF and therefore vulnerable especially during times of national and economic crises.”

He said while the general working population increased, the informal economy also grew in parallel. Youth unemployment increased from 11% to 15% for the same period.

In response, the Minister of Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the government had policy measures in place and programmes were activated to help members of the public on a “need basis”.

Minister Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted the water and electricity schemes where low-income earners were exempt from paying water bills or discounted.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “The need to address, the benefit of economic growth is an ongoing project.”

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