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Labour market statistics

​​​​​Total employment

In June 2018:

  • total employment was 320 higher than in June 2017 representing an annual increase of 0.5%
  • total employment was 61,930, the highest figure recorded to date
  • the increase in employment was predominantly due to an increase in the number of full time employees, up by 390

Annual percentage change in total employment

 
Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Employment by sector

In June 2018:

  • several sectors saw increased employment on an annual basis, notably private education, health and other services (up 400)
  • in contrast, wholesale and retail saw a decrease of 80 in headcount on an annual basis
  • employment in the finance sector increased by 50 on an annual basis:
    • total employment in this sector was down 30 from December 2017, when it was at a nine-year high
    • trust and company administration saw increased employment (up 60), to the highest level recorded by this sub-sector to date
  • the public sector headcount decreased by 140 on an annual basis, driven by decreased numbers of States of Jersey staff on zero-hours contracts (down 110) and employment by the parishes (down 60)

 Sectoral breakdown of employment (headcount) in 

 
Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Number of private sector firms

In June 2018, there were 7,570 private sector undertakings in Jersey.

Number of private sector​ undertakings by size of workforce at June 2018

Sector 1 to 5 employees 6 to 20 employees
21 or over
employees
Total companies
Agriculture and fishing

240

50

10

300

Manufacturing and utilities

210

30

10

260

Construction and quarrying

1,060

170

50

1,280

Wholesale and retail trades

870

150

50

1,070

Hotels and restaurants

330

150

50

530

Transport, storage and communication

280

30

20

330

Financial and legal activities

330

90

110

520

Other business activities

1,300

140

40

1,480

Education, health and other services

1,540

160

90

1,790

Total private sector companies

6,150

980

450

7,570


The size of the workforce is determined by employee headcount.

All numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source: Statistics Jersey

Employment status

The 2011 census recorded the employment status for all Jersey residents.

Employment status for adults aged 16 or over in 2011 (%)

Employment status Men % Women % Total %
Working for an employer full-time5640 47
Working for an employer part-time315 9
Self-employed, employing others61 3
Self-employed, not employing others62 4
Unemployed, looking for or waiting to take up a job42 3
Retired1619 18
Looking after the homeLess than 110 6
In full-time education55 5
Unable to work through sickness or disability33 3
Unemployed and not looking for a job11 1
Total 100 100 100

Source: 2011 Jersey census

Employment by place of birth and gender

In relative terms, employment levels in Jersey are high. 

In 2011, 82% of people of working age in Jersey were economically active (in work or looking for work).

The lowest rate was for Jersey-born residents (75%) and the highest rate for people born in Poland (94%). 

The economic activity rate for Jersey-born residents of working age was lower than the rates of those born in other jurisdictions. 

This is as a result of the number of Jersey-born people in full-time education.

E​conomic activity and unemployment rates for working age adults by place of birth in 2011 (%)

  Jersey %
British Isles
%
Ireland % Poland % Portugal / Madeira % Other European country %
Elsewhere in the world
%
Economic activity rate, %75858894908883
Unemployment rate, %6.43.73.12.94.24.94.4

Source: 2011 Jersey census

Almost one in six (15%) adults over working age (over 59 years for women and over 64 years for men) were economically active.

Unemployment rates by place of birth are measured at the census. 

Unemployment rates for the total population are measured more regularly through our household surveys. 

The most recent unemployment figures for the total population:

Unemployment statistics

2011 census results

Hours worked

At the 2011 census, full-time employees (including the self-employed) worked an average of 39.8 hours per week.

Av​erage (mean) hours worked per week by employees in 2011

Full-time (mean hours) Part-time (mean hours) All (mean hours)
Men Women All Men Women All Men Women All
Working for an employer40.637.439.217.718.518.439.733.636.8
Self-employed45.843.245.417.415.716.543.334.041.2

Source: 2011 Jersey census

Workers in agriculture and fishing worked the longest hours, averaging over 45 hours per week.

Average (mean) hours w​​orked per week by industry (full-time workers) in 2011

Sector Average (mean) hours
Agriculture and fishing45.4
Manufacturing40.8
Construction and quarrying41.9
Electricity, gas, water supply 38.6
Finance and legal activities37.6
Hotels, restaurants and bars43.6
Transport and communications40.2
Wholesale and retail40.3
Miscellaneous business activities40.4
Education, health and other services38.6
All full-time workers 39.8

Source: 2011 Jersey census

Download past reports and data tables

You can search by year for past labour market reports on the Statistics Jersey reports and documents page.

You can access the data tables on the open data site.

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