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 21st March 2018.

Latest results

  • The total number of employee jobs increased over the quarter (5,330 jobs) and over the year (15,090 jobs) to 756,030 in December 2017. Increases were experienced in the manufacturing, construction and services sectors over the year with the services sector accounting for the majority (62%) of the growth.
  • Private sector jobs increased over the quarter (0.9% or 4,820 jobs) and year (2.6% or 13,840 jobs) to their highest level (549,340) since records began in 1974.
  • Public sector jobs increased over the quarter and over the year. This follows a period of general decline between 2009 and 2016. There are now 21,680 fewer public sector jobs than the series peak in September 2009 (-9.5%).
  • Since the start of recovery in 2012 employee jobs have increased by 9.2% (63,940 jobs) with over three quarters of the increase occurring in the services sector.
  • There has been five years of growth since the recovery began in 2012. The annualised growth rate of 1.6% between 2016 and 2017 is at a similar level to the growth in employee jobs between 2014 and 2015 but below growth rates seen between 2013 and 2014.



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