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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Employment: data on employment in the UK.

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31.58 million people were in employment in January-March 2016, up 44,000 from the previous quarter and up 409,000 on the previous year. The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 74.2%, up 0.7% points on the previous year and the joint highest rate since comparable records began in 1971.


16.86 million men were in work in January-March 2016, 30,000 higher than the previous quarter. The employment rate for men aged 16-64 was 79.3%.

Female employment increased by 14,000 over the past quarter to 14.72 million. The employment rate for women aged 16-64 was 69.2%.

Types of Employment

4.70 million people were self-employed, 20,000 higher than in the previous quarter. The number of people working as employees increased by 27,000, to 26.69 million.

23.11 million people were working full-time in January-March 2016, up 47,000 on the previous quarter and 328,000 higher than a year earlier. There were 8.46 million people working part-time, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous quarter and 81,000 higher than a year earlier. 

1.65 million people were employed on a temporary basis in January-March 2016, up 28,000 from the previous quarter and down 33,000 compared to the year before.



Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Jeanne Delebarre

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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