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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Employment: data on employment in the UK.

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Please note this paper will not be updated over the dissolution period.

New data relevant to this paper will be published on 17 May 2017. You can find the latest information in the source material: ONS, UK labour market: May 2017 table A05 and A06.

31.84 million people were in employment in December 2016- February 2017, up 39,000 from the previous quarter and 312,000 from the previous year. The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 74.6%, up 0.5% points on the previous year.


Female employment increased slightly over the past quarter to 14.92 million. The employment rate for women aged 16-64 was 69.9%

16.92 million men were in work in December 2016- February 2017, 38,000 higher than the previous quarter. The employment rate for men aged 16-64 was 79.4%.


Types of Employment

4.78 million people were self-employed, up slighty on the previous quarter. The number of people working as employees was up by 30,000 from the previous quarter at 26.85 million.

23.40 million people were working full-time in December 2016- February 2017, up 146,000 from the previous quarter and 327,000 higher than a year earlier. There were 8.44 million people working part-time, down 107,000 from the previous quarter and down 15,000 from a year earlier.

1.61 million people were employed on a temporary basis, down 16,000 from the previous quarter and down 44,000 from the previous year.



Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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