Wages in the food chain in Burundi

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This WageIndicator Data Report presents the results of the face-to-face WageIndicator survey of the labour force conducted between the 7th of April and the 29th of April 2013 in all provinces of Burundi. In total 1,679 persons were interviewed; 52% were men, 48% women and 43% were under 30 years of age. The workers in the survey live in households with on average nearly 4 members, including themselves. Less than half of the workers live with a partner and children (38% of men and 42% of women. Up to 14% of workers followed no formal education, 24% stopped at elementary education and 17% followed vocational education. Rating their satisfaction with life-as-a-whole on a scale from 1=dissatisfied to 10=satisfied, the interviewees score a 4.1 on average.


The biggest group (24%) work in education and research, followed by 14% in the healthcare, caring services, social work. This report explicitly addresses the work in food chain. By definition, 100% of the workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing are in the food chain. Three out of four workers in manufacturing industry work in food manufacturing. Almost one in four in the wholesale and retail industry is employed in the food chain, whereas this is the case for one in three for transportation and storage. Finally, in accommodation and food service activities, this is two in three.


Four in ten workers are employees with a permanent contract, nearly two in ten workers have fixed-term contracts, 14% are self-employed and 28% have no contract at all. Older workers are more likely to have a permanent contract or be self-employed, whereas young people are more likely to work on fixed term contracts or to have no contract at all.