finance & economy

Survey: informal sector absorbs 36% of workforce in Tunisia

April 8, 2021

TAP) - The informal sector absorbs 36% of the workforce in Tunisia, that is nearly 1,3 million: this is the main finding of a survey carried out by the National Observatory for Employment and Qualifications (French : ONEQ) coming under the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Vocational Integration in collaboration with the National Institute of Statistics.

The survey was presented at a press conference held Wednesday in Tunis by the ministry in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and the International Labour Organisation.

It emerges from the study conducted on a sample of 11,000 people aged 15 to 60 that 39% of workers are men. 52% of the labour force are young people and 83% do not have any scientific or professional qualifications…

Director of the observatory Fakher Zaïbi said about 10% of higher education graduates are employed in the informal sector. Agriculture, construction and trade have the lion's share with 80% of informal workers.

The survey, the official said, is intended to establish the full picture of the situation of informal work in Tunisia to devise a programme of transition to formal work.

Recommendations produced by the survey mainly include the governance of formal sector employment, measures to ease access to funding and an action plan to secure transition to formal employment.

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