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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Employment: data on employment in the UK.

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31.84 million people were in employment in October- December 2016, up 37,000 from the previous quarter and 302,000 from the previous year. The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 74.6%, up 0.1% points on the previous year.


Female employment increased by 55,000 over the past quarter to 14.94 million. The employment rate for women aged 16-64 was 70%.

16.90 million men were in work in October-December 2016, 18,000 lower than the previous quarter. The employment rate for men aged 16-64 was 79.3%. 

Types of Employment

4.80 million people were self-employed, down 0.3% points on the previous quarter. The number of people working as employees was unchanged from the previous quarter at 26.82 million.

23.29 million people were working full-time in October- December 2016, up 45,000 from the previous quarter and 218,000 higher than a year earlier. There were 8.55 million people working part-time, down 7,000 from the previous quarter but 84,000 higher than a year earlier.

1.61 million people were employed on a temporary basis, down 13,000 from the previous quarter and down 10,000 from the previous year.


Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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