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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Thursday, February 22, 2018

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

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32.15 million people were in employment in October-December 2017, up 88,000 from the previous quarter and up 321,000 from the previous year. The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.2%, 0.6% 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 October-December 2017, up 33,000 from the previous quarter and 178,000 higher than a year ago. The employment rate for women aged 16-64 was 70.8%.

17.04 million men were in work, up 55,000 from the previous quarter and 143,000 higher than a year ago. The employment rate for men aged 16-64 was 79.7%.

Types of Employment

23.61 million people were working full-time, up 95,000 from the previous quarter and 323,000 higher than a year ago.

There were 8.53 million people working part-time, a slight decrease from the previous quarter and unchanged from the previous year.

Self-employment decreased by 31,000 from the previous quarter, to 4.78 million people. The number of people working as employees increased by 85,000 from the previous quarter to 27.16 million.

1.54 million people were employed on a temporary basis, down 46,000 on the previous quarter and down 75,000 from the previous year.

 

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Feargal McGuinness

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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