The Sunday Leader

In private sector

Forty one point two (41.2) per cent of the country’s 7.2 million workforce comprise wage and salary workers in the private sector with an additional 15% of workers in the public sector.

Own account workers constitute 30.3% of all employed, with unpaid family workers accounting for 10.6% of total employment.
Informal sector employment accounts for 60% of total employment. Informal sector workers don’t have access to social security schemes such as the Employment Provident Fund or government pensions.

Sri Lanka’s overall unemployment rate (excluding the Northern and Eastern Provinces) declined from 9.2% in 1998 to 5.2% in 2008. (Labour and Social Trends in Sri Lanka 2009)

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