Ms Bongiwe Mncwango

DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
TELEPHONE: 012 302 2504
EMAIL: bmncwango@hsrc.ac.za

Ms. Bongiwe Mncwango is a Research Manager in the Education and Skills Development research programme of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Her areas of research interest include labour market segmentation and inequality, changing nature of work and work organisation, subjective wellbeing in the workplace and job quality.

Mncwango holds a Master?s degree in Industrial Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently registered for a PhD in Sociology at the University of Pretoria. Her dissertation investigates the role of job satisfaction as a measure of quality of work life among the employed in South Africa, considering the levels and determinants of job satisfaction in global comparison.

Mncwango has over ten years of experience in the field of research where she has implemented and executed projects for national government departments (Department of Labour, Department of Higher Education and Training, Government Communication and Information System) and various agencies (National Student Financial Aid Scheme, Stats SA, South African National Roads Agency, National Film and Video Foundation, Sector Education and Training Authorities) in support of inclusive and sustainable development. Her research focuses on labour markets and inequality, with special interest in transitions from education and training to work in changing labour markets, public attitudes to un/employment; job quality, work and wellbeing. She also has solid research experience in managing both large scale and more qualitatively informed skills supply, demand and mismatches research with a sectoral and/or occupational focus.

Since her employment at the HSRC, she has built expertise particularly in the area of Skills Development. Recently, she has been involved in various projects within the broader Labour market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) which sought to set up systems for reliable data indicating skills needs, supply and demand in the South African labour market. Recently, she has also been involved in various projects within the broader Labour market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) programme which was commissioned by the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa (DHET). The LMIP project sought to set up systems for reliable data indicating skills needs, supply and demand in the labour market.

Mncwango has contributed chapters in the following books: South African Social Attitudes: Reflections on the Age of Hope (2010, HSRC Press), the South African Social Attitudes: Changing Times, Diverse Voices (2006, HSRC Press); and Post-School Education and the Labour Market in South Africa: Pathways, Aspirations and Outcomes (forthcoming: HSRC Press). In addition, she has published a number of policy briefs as well as client reports for government departments such as the Departments of Labour, Higher Education and Training, and Minerals and Energy. She has also represented the HSRC at a number of local and international seminars and conferences. Mncwango is a member of the South African Sociological Association and the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS).

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