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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Employment: data on employment in the UK.

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31.59 million people were in employment in February-April 2016, up 55,000 from the previous quarter and up 461,000 on the previous year. The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 74.2%, up 0.8% points on the previous year and the joint highest rate since comparable records began in 1971.


16.87 million men were in work in February-April 2016, 29,000 higher than the previous quarter. The employment rate for men aged 16-64 was 79.3%.

Female employment increased by 26,000 over the past quarter to 14.73 million. The employment rate for women aged 16-64 was 69.2%.

Types of Employment

4.70 million people were self-employed, 42,000 higher than in the previous quarter. The number of people working as employees remained broadly unchanged at 26.69 million.

23.10 million people were working full-time in February-April 2016, up 63,000 on the previous quarter and 304,000 higher than a year earlier. There were 8.50 million people working part-time, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous quarter but 157,000 higher than a year earlier. 

1.64 million people were employed on a temporary basis in February-April 2016, down 20,000 from the previous quarter and down 47,000 compared to the year before.



Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Jeanne Delebarre

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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