Quarterly Employment Survey

The QES provides short-term employee jobs estimates for NI, which are then used by the ONS to feed into the calculation of the quarterly workforce jobs estimates for the UK as a whole.


Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) latest results were published 12 September 2023.

The survey date for Quarter 2 was 5 June 2023.

Latest results

  • Latest estimates show the number of employee jobs reached 813,450 in June 2023. This was a decrease of 1,370 jobs (-0.2%) over the quarter but an increase of 13,740 jobs (+1.7%) over the year from June 2022.  
  • June 2023 marked the first quarterly decrease in employee jobs following eight consecutive quarterly increases.
  • In the last five years, employee jobs have increased by 6.3% (+47,990 jobs) to 813,450. 
  • Quarterly increases in employee jobs were seen within the manufacturing (+180 jobs), construction (+670 jobs) and other industries (+170 jobs) sectors to June 2023. Employee jobs within the services sector decreased over the quarter (-2,390 jobs) to June 2023, following the series high seen in March 2023.
  • There were increases in employee jobs over the year within the manufacturing (+300 jobs), services (+13,560 jobs) and other industries (+610 jobs) sectors to June 2023. The other industries sector reached a series high in June 2023 with 25,000 jobs. Employee jobs within the construction sector decreased (-730 jobs) over the year to June 2023.
  • Public sector jobs increased over both the quarter (+0.2% or +540 jobs) and the year (+1.3% or +2,950 jobs) to 223,750 jobs in June 2023.
  • Private sector jobs increased over the quarter (+0.0% or +160 jobs) and the year (+1.9% or +10,960 jobs) to a new series high of 590,950 jobs in June 2023. 



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Quarterly Employment Survey

Ciaran Kerr
Telephone: 028 9052 9218
Email: Ciaran.kerr@nisra.gov.uk
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