More than 11 000 laid off since April 2020

Covid blamed for increased job losses

24 May 2021 | Labour



The ministry of labour, industrial relations and employment creation recorded 11 210 retrenchments between April 2020 and March 2021, its quarterly report has indicated.

The report for January to March 2021 states that of the 11 210 retrenchments, 955 were recorded between January and March 2021.

It said the number of retrenchments has increased since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and that was why the ministry, together with the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), decided to conduct a survey to determine the impact of Covid-19 on the labour force.

The report further said that at least 296 vacancies were reported between January and March, with the majority of the vacancies recorded in the Erongo and Khomas regions in the fishing sector, public administration, defence and social security, construction and manufacturing.


During the same period, the ministry registered 2945 people seeking employment through the Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIEIS).

“The overall comparison of jobseekers registered in terms of gender shows that males still dominate the jobseeker system. Khomas Region registered the majority of jobseekers at 1 119, followed by Erongo with 803,” the report reads.

The ministry managed to place 234 jobseekers at different establishments.

“For improved job prospects and workplace professional skills among the graduates some who end up as jobseekers, the ministry has collaborated with the National Youth Services (NYS) to have interns placed in various institutions for a period of six months,” it said.