Publication: New Insights on Women’s Employment in Ethiopia’s Industrial Parks
Ajayi, Kehinde Funmilola
Cassidy, Rachel Margaret
Low take-up of job offers and high early turnover continue to affect employment of Ethiopia’s female factory workers. Despite starting factory work around the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the women in our sample still left factory employment primarily for voluntary reasons unrelated to COVID-19. This is consistent with early separation being a longer-term feature of factory employment. Women who voluntarily left their factory jobs reported they had received wages close to the minimum of what they were expecting. Much of the COVID-related separations we observe are “voluntary”, with women choosing to leave factory jobs and mainly staying at home due to personal health concerns. Therefore, while measures to reinforce input chains and demand for factory orders remain key, immediate interventions to address workers’ health and safety concerns are crucial to counter voluntary quitting in times of a public health crisis.
“Ajayi, Kehinde Funmilola; Buehren, Niklas; Cassidy, Rachel Margaret; Salcher, Isabelle. 2021. New Insights on Women’s Employment in Ethiopia’s Industrial Parks. Gender Innovation Policy Initiative for Ethiopia;. © Washington, DC: World Bank. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/37226 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”