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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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

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32.39 million people were in employment in April-June 2018. Employment increased by 42,000 compared to the previous quarter and was 313,000 higher than the year before.

The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.6%. The rate has increased from 75.1% a year previously. It compares to a post-recession low of 70.1% in July-September 2011.

Male and female employment

15.22 million women were in work, a small increase from the previous quarter and 172,000 more than a year ago. The female employment rate was 71.0%. Recent increases in the rate are partly due to ongoing changes to the State Pension age for women.

17.16 million men were in work, 34,000 more than the previous quarter and 141,000 higher than the year before. The male employment rate was 80.1%.

Types of Employment

23.85 million people were working full-time, up 105,000 from the previous quarter and 270,000 higher than a year ago.

There were 8.53 million people working part-time, 64,000 less than the previous quarter but up 42,000 from the previous year.

Self-employment increased by 22,000 from the previous quarter, to 4.77 million. The number of people working as employees increased by 24,000 from the previous quarter to 27.45 million.

1.57 million people were employed on a temporary basis, adown 25,000 from the previous quarter and by 15,000 from the year before.

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Andy Powell

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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