Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) latest results were published 11th December 2018
- The total number of seasonally adjusted employee jobs were estimated at 765,880, an increase of 2,240 jobs over the quarter and 14,700 jobs over the year in September 2018. 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 (621,970 jobs) reached the highest level on record in September 2018 in the seasonally adjusted series.
- Private sector jobs increased over the quarter (0.6% or 3,520 jobs) and year (2.6% or 13,900 jobs) to their highest level (559,110) on record.
- Public sector jobs decreased over the quarter (0.2% or 370 jobs) and increased over the year (0.6% or 1,160 jobs). There are now 20,830 fewer public sector jobs than the series peak in September 2009 (-9.1%).
- In the last five years, employee jobs have increased by 8.4% (59,160 jobs) and by 10.7% (74,310 jobs) from the low in December 2011.
- The annualised growth rate of 2.1% between 2017 and 2018 is higher than growth rates between 2016 and 2017, but at a similar level to the growth in employee jobs between 2014 and 2015.
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