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Labour Force Survey Employment Series

Quarter 1 2013 - Quarter 1 2019

IndicatorTotal EmploymentAnnual change
Q1 131,892,000 +28,700
Q1 141,950,700 +58,700
Q1 152,014,400 +63,700
Q1 162,080,800 +66,500
Q1 172,158,400 +77,500
Q1 182,220,700 +62,400
Q1 192,301,900 +81,200

Number of persons in employment at 2,301,900 in Q1 2019

Figure 1 Numbers in employment (ILO) in the first quarters 2013 to 2019
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In Q1 2019, there were 2,301,900 persons in employment. Of this, 1,828,900 or 79.5% were in full-time employment while 473,000 or 20.5% were in part-time employment. See Table 6.

In the six-year period to Q1 2019, the number of persons in employment has increased by 409,900 or 21.7%. The increase in full-time employment (+406,700) accounted for virtually all of this increase. See Table 6.

Employment Status – sectoral groups

There were 1,966,800 persons classified as employees in Q1 2019 while there were 323,900 self-employed persons. See Table 4.

Between Q1 2013 and Q1 2019, the number of employees increased by 400,900 or 25.6% while those classified as self-employed increased by 14,900 (+4.8%). See Table 4.

All economic sectors experienced an increase in the number of employees over this period. The most notable increases were in the Construction (+48,600 or +102.1%) and the Accommodation and food service activities (+47,300 or +42.1%) sectors. The number of self-employed persons, however, fell in seven economic sectors with the greater decreases occurring in the Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector (-4,800) and the Industry sector (-2,000).  See Table 4.

Employment Status -  occupational groups

The number of employees increased in all nine occupational groups between Q1 2013 and Q1 2019. See Table 5.

The Professional and Skilled trades occupational groups, rising by 85,100 and 60,900 respectively, showed the largest increase in the number of employees over the period. The largest increases in self employment were in the Skilled Trades and the Caring, leisure and other services groups at 11,600 and 5,000 respectively. See Table 5.