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 11th June 2019

Latest results

  • The number of (seasonally adjusted) employee jobs in March 2019 was estimated at a record high of 778,240. This was an increase of 4,010 jobs over the quarter and 15,580 jobs over the year. The annual change in employee jobs is statistically significant i.e. the recorded change exceeded the variability expected from a survey of this size and was likely to reflect real change. Increases were experienced in all sectors over the year, with the services sector accounting for the majority of the growth.
  • The numbers of employee jobs in the services (632,130 jobs) and manufacturing (88,190 jobs) sectors reached the highest levels on record in March 2019 in the seasonally adjusted series.
  • Private sector jobs increased over the quarter (0.7% or 3,710 jobs) and the year (2.4% or 13,350 jobs) to their highest level (569,460) on record in the seasonally adjusted series.
  • Public sector jobs increased over the quarter (0.2% or 450 jobs) and the year (1.0% or 2,040 jobs). There are now 19,700 fewer public sector jobs than the series peak in September 2009     (-8.6%).
  • In the last five years, employee jobs have increased by 9.6% (67,980 jobs) and by 12.6% (87,000 jobs) from the low in March 2012.
  • The annualised growth rate of 2.0% in 2018 is below growth rates in 2017 and above growth rates in 2016.  



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Quarterly Employment Survey

Eimear McIvor
Telephone: 028 9052 9584
Email: eimear.mcivor@nisra.gov.uk