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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Labour Force Survey Employment Series

Quarter 2 2012 - Quarter 2 2018

IndicatorQ2 12Q2 13Q2 14Q2 15Q2 16Q2 17Q2 18Change Q2 17 to Q2 18
Total Employed1,878,0001,926,3001,970,3002,049,7002,126,7002,180,9002,255,000 + 74,100

Number of persons in employment at 2,255,000 in Q2 2018

Figure 1 Numbers in employment(ILO) in the second quarters 2012 to 2018
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In Q2 2018, the number of persons in employment was 2,255,000, and this represented an increase of 74,100 (+3.4%) since Q2 2017. Full-time employment increased by 73,000 (+4.2%) to 1,798,700 during the same period and accounted for 79.8% of total employment in Q2 2018. Part-time employment increased by 1,100 (+0.2%) to 456,300 and accounted for 20.2% of total employment. See Tables 1 and 6.

The number of persons in employment has increased by 377,000 (+20.1%) between Q2 2012 and Q2 2018. Full-time employment (+374,200) accounted for virtually all of this increase while there was a very slight increase in part-time employment. See Table 1.

Employment Status

The total number of persons classified as self-employed increased by 24,700 (+8.1%) to 330,200 between Q2 2012 and Q2 2018. The number of employees increased by 22.9% from 1,556,200 to 1,913,100 over the same period. See Table 4.

There was an increase in the number of employees in all economic sectors over this period, the most notable increases were in the Accommodation and food service activities (+52,000 or +48.4%) and Construction (+45,400 or +89.5%) economic sectors. The number of self employed persons, however,  fell in some economic sectors with the greater decreases occurring in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and the Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles sectors (both -5,100). See Table 4.

The Professional and Skilled trades occupational groups, rising by 72,200 and 49,100 respectively, showed the largest increase in the number of employees over the period. The greater increases in self employed were recorded in the Managers, directors and senior officials and Skilled trades groups with increases of 18,100 and 5,800 respectively. See Table 5.