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 13th September 2017.

Latest results

  • The total number of employee jobs increased over the quarter (4,680 jobs) and over the year (10,100 jobs) to 749,740. Increases were experienced in all four sectors over the year with the services sector accounting for the majority (60.6%) of the growth.
  • Over the longer term annualised total jobs growth has fallen from 2.2% to 1.5% and 1.4% over the past two years.
  • Private sector jobs are now at a series high having increased over both the quarter (by 0.5% or 2,970 jobs) and year (2.0% or 10,700 jobs). Public sector jobs now stand at 10.5% below the series peak in Q3 2009.
  • Since the start of recovery in 2012 employee jobs have increased by 8.1% (56,440 jobs) with 78.4% of the increase occurring in the services sector. 



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Quarterly Employment Survey

Caroline Anderson
Telephone: 028 9052 9484
Email: caroline.anderson@nisra.gov.uk