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 19th March 2019

Latest results

  • The total number of seasonally adjusted employee jobs in December 2018 was estimated at a record high of 773,750. This was an increase of 5,410 jobs over the quarter and 14,350 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 number of employee jobs in the services sector (628,730 jobs) reached the highest level on record in December 2018.
  • Private sector jobs increased over the quarter (0.7% or 4,160 jobs) and the year (2.3% or 12,860 jobs) to their highest level (565,480) on record.
  • Public sector jobs increased over the quarter (0.1% or 180 jobs) and increased over the year (0.6% or 1,260 jobs). There are now 20,240 fewer public sector jobs than the series peak in September 2009 (-8.9%).
  • In the last five years, employee jobs have increased by 9.8% (68,820 jobs) and by 11.9% (82,500 jobs) from the low in March 2012.
  • The annualised growth rate of 2.1% between 2017 and 2018 is at a similar level to the growth rate in employee jobs between 2016 and 2017 but above growth rates seen between 2014 and 2016.



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Quarterly Employment Survey

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