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 2022.

The survey date for Quarter 2 was 30th May 2022.

Latest results

  • Latest estimates show the number of employee jobs reached a series high in June 2022 of 797,840. This was an increase of 3,560 jobs (+0.4%) over the quarter and 27,860 jobs (+3.6%) over the year compared to June 2021 and 26,040 jobs (+2.7%) when compared to June 2020. It should be noted that June 2021 marked a low employee jobs estimate over the pandemic period. 
  • June 2022 estimates showed that employee jobs are 2.2% (+17,390 jobs) above the pre-pandemic December 2019 level. 
  • June 2022 marked the fifth consecutive quarterly increase in employee jobs, following five previous quarters of decline. 
  • In the last five years, employee jobs have increased by 6.3% (+47,480 jobs). There has been an increase of 15.5% (+106,830 jobs) from the low in March 2012.
  • In June 2022 the services sector reached a new series high of 648,930 jobs.
  • Quarterly increases in employee jobs were seen within the services (+4,120 jobs) and construction (+1,040 jobs) sectors to June 2022. The manufacturing (-1,560 jobs) and other industries (-40 jobs) sectors reported a decrease over the quarter. 
  • The services (+23,280 jobs), construction (+2,690 jobs) and manufacturing (+2,010 jobs) sectors increased over the year to June 2022. The other industries sector reported a slight decrease of 110 jobs over the year.  
  • Private sector jobs reached a new series high in June 2022. Private sector jobs increased over both the quarter (+0.8% or +4,830 jobs) and the year (+4.0% or +22,480 jobs) to 578,640 jobs in June 2022. Public sector jobs also increased over both the quarter (+0.3% or +740 jobs) and the year (+2.6% or +5,600 jobs) to 220,610 jobs in June 2022. 



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Ciaran Kerr
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Email: Ciaran.kerr@nisra.gov.uk
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