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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.

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32.21 million people were in employment in September- November 2017, up 102,000 from the previous quarter and up 415,000 from the previous year. The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.3%, 0.9% points higher than a year ago.

Employment has generally been growing strongly over the past five years, so that the employment rate reached a record high of 75.3% earlier this year.

Male and female employment

15.12 million women were in work in September- November 2017, a slight increase on the previous quarter and 206,000 higher than a year ago. The employment rate for women aged 16-64 was 70.8%.

17.10 million men were in work, up 83,000 from the previous quarter and 209,000 higher than a year ago. The employment rate for men aged 16-64 was 79.4%.

Types of Employment

23.65 million people were working full-time, up 97,000 from the previous quarter and 401,000 higher than a year ago.

There were 8.55 million people working part-time, about the same as the previous quarter and 14,000 higher than the previous year.

Self-employment decreased by 82,000 from the previous quarter, to 4.77 million people. The number of people working as employees increased by 166,000 from the previous quarter to 27.24 million.

1.57 million people were employed on a temporary basis, down 31,000 on the previous quarter and down 48,000 from the previous year.


Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Feargal McGuinness

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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