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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Employment: data on employment in the UK.

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32.10 million people were in employment in June-August 2017, up 94,000 from the previous quarter and 317,000 from the previous year. The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.1%, up 0.7% points on the previous year.

Employment has been growing strongly over the past few years and the employment rate has recently been at a record high (since comparable records began in 1971).


Female employment increased by 78,000 over the last quarter to 15.10 million. The employment rate for women aged 16-64 was 70.7%.

17.01 million men were in work in June-August 2017, 16,000 more than the previous quarter. The employment rate for men aged 16-64 was 79.6%.

Types of Employment

4.86 million people were self-employed, 57,000 more than the previous quarter. The number of people working as employees was up 39,000 on the previous quarter at 27.07 million.

23.56 million people were working full-time in June-August 2017, up 25,000 from the previous quarter and 346,000 higher than a year earlier.

There were 8.55 million people working part-time, up 69,000 from the previous quarter but down 29,000 than a year earlier.

1.60 million people were employed on a temporary basis, 16,000 more than the previous quarter but down 55,000 from the previous year.

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Feargal McGuinness

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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