THE Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (Emcoz) is conducting a salary survey countrywide to help inform decision makers in industry, businessdigest has learnt.
By Staff Writer.
The survey comes when thousands of workers are failing to access their salaries on time owing to viability challenges stemming from the deepening economic crisis characterised by a severe liquidity crunch, low capacity utilisation of less than 50%, company closures and substantive job losses.
Emcoz executive director John Mufukare told businessdigest that the survey commenced in January this year and is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
“We began the survey in January this year which should be useful for our members to use as Emcoz is the depository of labour market information in the country,” Mufukare said. “A salary survey is one of the essential tools for decision-making.”
He said they had planned to complete the survey by the end of the first quarter of the year, but would now be completed by the end of April.
Mufukare said the survey was also intended to show disparities in wages among the various sectors.
“We are looking at trends and disparities in the sector which will be thoroughly interrogated,” he said.
According to a report titled Working Without Pay: Wage Theft in Zimbabwe by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions think-tank, the Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (Ledriz), more than 80 000 workers out of the 350 000 in formal employment in 2014 did not receive their wages and benefits on time in both the public and private sectors.
The study was carried out in 2015 on 442 companies.
The report revealed that the non-payment of wages affects an estimated 22 000-plus workers of urban councils (local government entities), 12 000 in agriculture, and more than 7 500 each in the security sector, automotive industry and railways.
Workers in several sectors were averaging more than 20 months without a paycheck, according to the findings of the report, and workers who are still formally employed are among those who are worst affected by this.