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 12th June 2018

Latest results

  • The total number of seasonally adjusted employee jobs increased over the quarter (6,090 jobs) and over the year (18,610 jobs) to 763,440 in March 2018. Increases were experienced in all sectors over the year, with the services sector accounting for the majority (64%) of the growth.
  • The increase over the year to March 2018 in employee jobs is the highest annual increase in the seasonally adjusted series (since 2005).
  • Private sector jobs increased over the quarter (1.0% or 5,760 jobs) and year (3.4% or 18,500 jobs) to their highest level (557,130) in the seasonally adjusted series.
  • Public sector jobs decreased over the quarter (-0.3% or 540 jobs) and over the year (-0.1% or 210 jobs). There are now 21,710 fewer public sector jobs than the series peak in September 2009 (-9.5%).
  • In the last five years, employee jobs have increased by 9.6% (67,080 jobs) with the majority (70%) of the increase occurring in the services sector.
  • The annualised growth rate of 2.2% between 2016 and 2017 is higher than growth rates between 2014 and 2016, but at a similar level to the growth in employee jobs between 2013 and 2014.



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Quarterly Employment Survey

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