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Labour market statistics

​​​​​Total employment

In June 2017:

  • total employment was 61,660, the highest recorded to date
    • employment in the private sector was 53,820
    • employment in the public sector was 7,840
  • total employment was 1,340 higher than in June 2016 representing an annual increase of 2.2%
    • employment in the private sector increased by 1,340 on an annual basis
    • employment in the public sector saw no net change on an annual basis
  • the increase in private sector employment was predominantly due to an increase in the number of full time employees, up by 1,790
  • 6,780 jobs in the private and public sectors were on zero-hours contracts, representing 11% of total employment
  • there were 7,240 active undertakings in the private sector, 290 more than a year earlier; over half (3,880) were single-person undertakings

At a sectoral level:

  • most sectors saw increased employment on an annual basis
  • notable annual increases in employment were seen in private education, health & other services (up 430) and construction (up 270); both these sectors recording their highest levels of employment to date
  • employment in the finance sector increased by 250 on an annual basis:
    • total employment in this sector was the highest recorded for more than 8 years, since December 2008
    • trust & company administration saw increased employment, to the highest level recorded by this sub-sector to date
    • the banking sub-sector saw a fall in employment, down by 180 on an annual basis, to a level more than 1,900 lower than that recorded in late 2007 and throughout 2008
  • the public sector headcount was unchanged over the year to June 2017, largely the net result of a decrease in the number of States of Jersey (SOJ) core employees (down 80) and an increase in the number of SOJ staff on zero-hours contracts (up 70)

Jersey's Labour market report for June 2017


Private sector firms

In June 2017, there were 7,240 private sector undertakings in Jersey.

Number of private sector​ undertakings by size of workforce at June 2017

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





Manufacturing and utilities





Construction and quarrying





Wholesale and retail trades





Hotels and restaurants





Transport, storage and communication





Financial and legal activities





Other business activities





Education, health and other services





Total private sector companies





The size of the workforce is determined by employee headcount.

All numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

Souce: States of Jersey Statistics Unit

Employment status

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 (ie 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, %

Source: 2011 Jersey census

Almost one in six (15%) adults over working age (ie 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

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
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

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