Zimbabwean manufacturing firms operate in an environment of economic volatility and policy uncertainty. The sector’s role in creating employment opportunities has diminished substantially from independence in 1980 when it contributed almost a quarter of non-agriculture jobs. This research examines how workers in the Zimbabwean manufacturing sector are affected as a consequence of the challenges faced by the firms they work in. It draws on survey data collected in 2015 from over 1300 workers in almost 200 Zimbabwean formal sector manufacturing firms and 170 informal sector workers in 131 informal firms. In 2016 over 1,000 of the formal sector workers were resurveyed regardless of whether they were in the same job.