Two out of every five people working in Nigerian banks are contract staff, analysis of data provided by the National Bureau of Statistics has shown.
According to the NBS, as of the end of September 2020, 23 banks operating in employed a total of 95,888 workers. Out of this number, 40,382 of them were contract on contract. This means that 42.11 per cent of the workers are on contract.
Institutions covered in the employment statistics include commercial banks, merchant banks and non-interest banks.
A contract employee is an individual retained by a company for a predetermined time and cost. .The employer is usually not responsible for providing a variety of traditional employer benefits such as pensions and health insurance.
A variant of contract job is casualisation. Shrinking economy and the consequent growing unemployment and underemployment have many workers susceptible to casual and contract jobs.
Further breakdown of the data provided by the NBS showed out of the banks’ total workforce, 241 were executive staff; 17,618 were senior staff, 37,647 were junior staff while the rest were on contract level.
The NBS revealed that the total number of contract staff in the banking sector stood at 45,350 in Q4, 2019, while the total staff was 103,610.
In the first quarter of 2020, the banks had 41,181 contract staff out of 96,975 workers; while in Q2, 2020, the sector had 38,942 contract staff out of 94,498 workers.
The need to cut down on cost had forced a number organisations to resort to contract employment which a number of labour unions are opposed to.