The National Youth Development Agency is calling all unemployed graduates between the ages of 18 and 35 to register on their JOBS database. If you are struggling to find a job; have done a learnership or a skills development programme and things aren’t moving for you or if you are a matriculant, then JOBS can help you.

JOBS, which is short for Job and Opportunities Seekers’ Database, is a free online database and is part of the Unemployed Graduates Initiative, which was launched in December 2005.


Graduates must meet the following criteria:

  • unemployed South African citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 years
  • graduated with a three-year qualification (national diploma or a university degree) in any field of study
  • graduated with a postgraduate qualification (BTech, honors degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D.) in any field of study.

People with disabilities

JOBS has received many requests from employers for people with disabilities. So, if you are a person with a disability and want to be considered for a job, you are also welcome to register on the JOBS database.

Submit your CV, proof of qualifications, or academic records in one of the following ways:

Fax: 086 600 5883 or 086 600 1442

E-mail: sends e-mail)

Post: P O Box 982, Halfway House 1685.

Hand-delivered to: NYDA, 11 Broadwalk Avenue, Midrand.

For further information, call: Duduzile Mathonsi: 011 651 7130 or 651 7000 x1455 Tshepile Sehlodi: 011 651 7259 or 651 7000 x1430.

You can also visit your nearest NYDA Youth Advisory Centre to get assistance with registering.

The official unemployment rate increased from 32.5% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020 to 32.6% in Q1 in 2021 – a record since the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) was launched in 2008, according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). The rate under the expanded definition, which includes those who have given up on the hunt for a job, is now 43.2%. Youth unemployment under the expanded definition is a staggering 74.7%, which means that only one in four school leavers who are 24 or under have a job in South Africa.

Stats SA suspended face-to-face surveys in March 2020 because of the pandemic, and the QLFS has since been carried out by computer-assisted telephonic interviews