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 14th March 2023.

The survey date for Quarter 4 was 5th December 2022.

Latest results

  • Latest estimates show the number of employee jobs reached a series high in December 2022 of 810,210. This was an increase of 4,460 jobs (+0.6%) over the quarter and 27,050 jobs (+3.5%) over the year compared to December 2021. 
  • December 2022 marked the seventh consecutive quarterly increase in employee jobs, following five quarters of decline.
  • In the last five years, employee jobs have increased by 6.6% (+50,170 jobs). There has been an increase of 17.3% (+119,220 jobs) from the series low in March 2012.
  • Both the services sector (660,170 jobs) and manufacturing sector (88,570 jobs) reached a new series high in December 2022.
  • Quarterly increases in employee jobs were seen within the services (+3,360 jobs), manufacturing (+830 jobs), construction (+250 jobs), & other industries (+20 jobs) sectors to December 2022.
  • There have been increases in all four sectors over the year to December 2022; services (+23,590 jobs), construction (+1,710 jobs), manufacturing (+1,450 jobs) & other industries (+290 jobs). 
  • Private sector jobs reached a new series high in December 2022. Private sector jobs increased over both the quarter (+0.6% or +3,450 jobs) and the year (+4.0% or +22,640 jobs) to 587,750 jobs in December 2022. 
  • Public sector jobs also increased over both the quarter (+0.6% or +1,350 jobs) and the year (+2.3% or +5,010 jobs) to 223,000 jobs in December 2022.



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