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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

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32.08 million people were in employment in August-October 2017, down 56,000 from the previous quarter but up 325,000 from the previous year. The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.1%, 0.7% 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

15.11 million women were in work in August-October 2017, a slight decrease on the previous quarter but 218,000 higher than a year ago. The employment rate for women aged 16-64 was 70.8%.

16.97 million men were in work, down 50,000 from the previous quarter but 107,000 higher than a year ago. The employment rate for men aged 16-64 was 79.4%.

Types of Employment

23.54 million people were working full-time, down 55,000 from the previous quarter but 337,000 higher than a year ago.

There were 8.54 million people working part-time, about the same as the previous quarter but 12,000 lower than the previous year.

Self-employment decreased by 41,000 from the previous quarter, to 4.81 million people. The number of people working as employees decreased by 14,000 from the previous quarter to 27.08 million.

1.60 million people were employed on a temporary basis, about the same as the previous quarter but down 14,000 from the previous year.

 

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Feargal McGuinness

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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