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.

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Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) latest results were published 17th March 2020

Latest results

  • The number of (seasonally adjusted) employee jobs in December 2019 was estimated at a record high of 784,140. This was an increase of 1,790 jobs over the quarter and 10,730 jobs over the year. Neither the quarterly nor the annual changes in employee jobs were found to be statistically significant.
  • Construction was the only broad industry sector to experience a decrease in employee jobs over the year, although this decrease was small at 0.2% (-50 jobs).
  • The numbers of (seasonally adjusted) employee jobs in the services (638,970 jobs) and other (24,050 jobs) sectors reached the highest levels on record in December 2019.
  • Private sector jobs decreased marginally over the quarter (-0.1% or -430 jobs) and increased over the year (1.2% or 6,810 jobs).
  • Public sector jobs increased over the quarter (0.5% or 960 jobs) and the year (1.8% or 3,710 jobs). There are now 16,510 fewer public sector jobs than the series peak in September 2009 (-7.2%).
  • In the last five years, employee jobs have increased by 8.7% (62,450 jobs) and by 13.4% (92,860 jobs) from the low in March 2012.
  • The annualised growth rate of 1.7% in 2019 is below that seen in 2018 (2.1%) and 2017 (2.2%).



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