Half of young South Africans support the idea that labour laws are slowing job growth, a study released on Monday has found.

This might reflect some frustration on the part of youth in terms of their job prospects, according to the TNS survey of 2000 adults between April 13 and 24.

It found that only a minority of people felt that South Africa's labour laws were among the best in the world.

Unemployed people were surprisingly positive about the labour laws, with 40 percent feeling they were among the best in the world.

People living in Soweto and East London were most concerned about labour laws slowing job growth.

People in Cape Town and East London felt least luckily that the country's labour laws were among the best in the world.

The study also found that 89 percent of respondents felt jobs were difficult to find these days, and that 59 percent felt the situation would be worse in six months' time.

The study also showed that while labour brokers were not particularly popular, many people polled did not express a view either way indicating that the role of labour brokers was not well understood. - Sapa