… Education sector accounts for 57.2% employment in 2012
…Agriculture still lagging behind

A total of 148,369 out of the estimated 40 million unemployed Nigerians were formally employed as at the end of September, 2012, a third quarter of 2012 job creation survey conducted across about 12 sectors of the nation’s economy, has revealed.

The survey, conducted by National Bureau of Statistics which showed job distribution by sex and occupation, both in managerial and low ranking cadres, covered key sectors like educational, business services/sales, health, manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, information technology, road transport, personal services, and legal/social service sectors among others.

The report obtained by Financial Vanguard revealed that the distraught educational sector employed the highest number of people, while agricultural sector, probably weighed down by years of neglect, was at the bottom of the ladder.

The educational sector, surprisingly, was followed by the manufacturing business services, sales and marketing sector, while the medical/health profession followed suit.

The educational sector, which came first on the list, employed a total of 70,183 people, representing 52.7 per cent of the job created in the third quarter of 2012.

Out of this, secondary school education teachers accounted for 29,308, followed by primary school and early childhood teachers with a total number of 16,970 employees. This was followed by university and higher education teachers with 9,757 employees; vocational education teachers trailed behind with 7,244, while other teaching professionals accounted for 6,904. While 35,798 were female employees, the male workers accounted for the remaining 34,385 people.

A total of 12,199 people were employed in the position of managing directors, secretaries and clerks, making the second highest employer of labour in the third quarter 2012. In the position of managing directors/chief executives were106 people; administrative and specilaised secretaries, 549; general office clerks, 4,072; secretaries (general), 1,605; keyboard operators 96; tellers, money collectors and related clerks, 972; client information workers, 329; numerical clerks, 318; material-recording and transport clerks, 28; other clerical support workers, 1,132; cashier and ticket clerks, 2,992.

Manufacturing/construction & mining sector trailed behind, accounting for 10,726 of total job creation within the period with manufacturing labourers employing the chunk of 2,558;  manufacturing, mining, construction and distribution managers, 315; mining, manufacturing and construction supervisors, 45; garment and related trades workers, 80; mining and mineral processing plant operators, 362; metal processing and finishing plant operators, 286; chemical and photographic products plant and machine operators, 164; rubber, plastic and paper products machine operators, 1,278; textiles, fur and leather products machine operators, 833; other stationary plant and machine operators, 2451; mobile plant operators, 826; mining & construction labourers, 434; process control technicians, 268; food processing and related trades workers, 795; assemblers, 31.

*Chief Emeka Wogu, Minister of Labour and Productivity
*Chief Emeka Wogu, Minister of Labour and Productivity

The business services, sales and marketing sector accounted for10,686 of total job creation within the period with business service and administration managers accounting for 3,563 of the number. Sales, marketing and public relations professionals followed with 2,536 employees in the sector; sales, marketing & development managers trailed behind with 1,551. Professional services managers pooled 549 total employees, while other services managers accounted for 98 of the total number.

Business service agents represented 240, retail and wholesale managers accounted for 104, while protective services workers accounted for 2,144 workers in the sector. Female employees were 3,799 in the sector while the male workers accounted for the remaining 6,887 workers.

Employment in the personal services sector accounted for 8,630 of total job creation with childcare workers and teachers’ aides employing 418 people; building and house-keeping supervisors, 87; other personal services workers, 1,236; street and market salespersons, 277; shop salespersons, 707; other sales workers, 1,531; domestic, hotel and office helpers, 3,862; vehicle, window, laundry and other hand cleaning workers, 512.

Health sector had 7,413 employees with nursing and midwifery professionals accounting for the highest number – 3,999; medical doctors, 601; traditional and complementary medicine professionals, two; paramedical practitioners, 79; veterinarians, two; other health professionals, 894; medical and pharmaceutical technicians, 182; nursing and midwifery associate professionals, 889; veterinary technicians and assistants, 13; other associated health professionals, 700; and life science technicians and related associate professional, 52.

Road transport sector accounted for 6,360 total employments with travel attendants, conductors and guides netting 729; locomotive engine divers and related workers, 230; car, van and motorcycle drivers, 3,071; heavy truck and bus divers, 2,301; while ship deck crews and related workers accounted for 29 workers.

Other professional services accounted for 3,542 jobs created in the country within the period. Physical and earth science professionals netted 118; engineering professionals (excluding electrotechnology), 421; electro technology engineers, 199; architects, planners, surveyors and designers, 1,055; librarian archivists and curators, 172; legal professionals, 532; social and religious professionals, 19; creative and performing artistes, 38; physical and engineering science technicians, 298; financial and mathematical associate professionals, 548; regulatory government associate professionals, artistic, cultural and culinary associate professionals, 71; legal, social and religious associate professionals, 71.

Agriculture sector accounted for mere 3,213 employments in the whole of the federation, according to the survey. Production managers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries were 48; market gardeners and crop growers, 90; animal producers, 16; mixed crop and animal producers, 16; forestry and related workers, 175; fishery workers, hunters and trappers, 51; subsistence crop farmers, 55; subsistence livestock farmers, 138; subsistence mixed crop and livestock farmers, 232; agricultural, forestry and fishery labourers, 2,392;

The number of artisans employed within the period stood at 3,199 with building frames and related trade workers representing 232 of the total workforce in the sector; building finishers and related trades workers, 145; painters, building structure cleaners and related trades workers, 52; sheet and structural metal workers, moulders and welders, 376; blacksmiths, toolmakers and related trades workers,  465; machinery mechanics and repairs, 819; handicraft workers, 159; printing trades workers, 252; electrical equipment installers and repairers, 191; hair dressers, beauticians and related workers, 358; wood treaters, cabinet-makers and related trades workers, 150

Hospitality sector employed only 2,833 people. Hotel and restaurant managers accounted for 1,076 of the employment; cooks, 1,041; bartenders and waiters, 716.

Despite the thriving business in the information & communication technology sector since the boom in 2010, it employed only 2,449 people during the period.

Information and communications technology service managers as at the time were 98 in number; software and applications developers and analysts, 548; database and network professionals 263; information and communications technology operations and use, 1,261; telecommunications and broadcasting technicians, 279.


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