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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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

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32.34 million people were in employment in January-March 2018. Employment increased by 197,000 compared to the previous quarter and was 396,000 higher than the year before. The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.6%, 0.8% points higher than a year ago.

Employment has generally been growing strongly over the past five years. It is currently at its highest rate since comparable records began in 1971.

Male and female employment

15.22 million women were in work in January - March 2018, up 108,000 from the previous quarter and 234,000 higher than a year ago. The female employment rate was 71.2%.

17.13 million men were in work, 90,000 more than the previous quarter and 163,000 higher than a year ago. The employment rate for men aged 16-64 was 80.0%.

Types of Employment

23.75 million people were working full-time, up 133,000 from the previous quarter and 256,000 higher than a year ago. There were 8.60 million people working part-time, an increase of 64,000 from the previous quarter and up 140,000 from the previous year.

Self-employment decreased by 33,000 from the previous quarter, to 4.75 million people. The number of people working as employees increased by 271,000 from the previous quarter to 27.43 million.

1.56 million people were employed on a temporary basis, up 54,000 on the previous quarter and up slightly from the previous year.

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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