12.76 lakh subscribers added in April, shows EPFO payroll data

The Employees` Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) provisional payroll data has now revealed that it has added around 12.76 lakh net subscribers during April this year.

Even after the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an increase of 13.73 per cent net subscribers during April as against the previous month during which around 11.22 lakh net subscribers were added to the payroll.

The data further showed that the number of exits in April have declined by 87,821 and rejoining has increased by 92,864 subscribers as compared to March this year.

“Of the 12.76 lakh net subscribers added during the month, around 6.89 lakh new members have come into the social security coverage of EPFO for the first time. Around 5.86 lakh net subscribers exited and then rejoined EPFO by changing their jobs within the establishments covered by EPFO and choose to retain membership through transfer of funds rather than opting for final settlement,” a Labour and Employment Ministry statement said.

Age-wise comparison of payroll data shows that the age group of 22-25 years has registered the highest number of net enrollments with around 3.27 lakh additions during the month. This is followed by the age-group of 29-35 with around 2.72 lakh net enrollments.

The members of the 18-25 age group, usually first timers in the job market, have contributed around 43.35 per cent of total net subscriber additions in April.

State-wise comparison of payroll figures shows that establishments registered with Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka remain in forefront by adding approximately 7.58 lakh subscribers during the month, which is 59.41 per cent of total net payroll addition across all age groups.

The northeastern states have shown above average growth in terms of net subscribers addition as compared with previous month.

Gender-wise analysis indicates that the share of female enrolment is approximately 22 per cent of total net subscribers addition during the month.

Month-on-month analysis reveals an increasing trend in net female subscribers by adding 2.81 lakh enrollments during April which was 2.42 lakh during March.

In addition to this, the number of female subscribers who have come under the ambit of EPFO for the first time, has also increased to 1.90 lakh in April from 1.84 lakh in March.

Industry-wise payroll data indicates that `expert services` category (consisting of manpower agencies, private security agencies and small contractors etc.) constitutes 45 per cent of total subscribers addition during the month.
In addition, industries involved in making plastic products, beedis, schools, banks and establishments related to iron and steel sectors have also registered above average growth in terms of net addition of subscribers during the of April as compared to the previous month of March.

The payroll data is provisional since the data generation is a continuous exercise as updation of employee record is a continuous process. The previous data hence gets updated every month.

Since April 2018, EPFO has been releasing payroll data covering the period September 2017 onwards.

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