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Labour market statistics

​​​​​Total employment

In December 2017:

  • total employment was 59,950, the highest December figure recorded to date:

    • employment in the private sector was 52,170

    • employment in the public sector was 7,780

  • total employment was 1,310 higher than in December 2016 representing an annual increase of 2.2%

    • employment in the private sector increased by 1,220 on an annual basis

    • employment in the public sector increased by 90 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 1,290

  • 6,220 jobs in the private and public sectors were on zero-hours contracts, representing 10% of total employment

  • there were 7,360 active undertakings in the private sector, 310 more than a year earlier; over half (4,020) 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 470) and miscellaneous businesses activities (up 190)

  • employment in the finance sector increased by 230 on an annual basis:

    • total employment in this sector was the highest recorded for 9 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 50 on an annual basis, to a level almost 2,000 lower than that recorded in late 2007 and throughout 2008

  • the public sector headcount increased by 90 on an annual basis, driven by increased numbers of States of Jersey staff on permanent and fixed-term contracts (up 40) and on zero-hours contracts (up 60)

Jersey's Labour market report for December 2017

 


Private sector firms

In December 2017, there were 7,360 private sector undertakings in Jersey.

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

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

240

40

10

290

Manufacturing and utilities

200

40

10

250

Construction and quarrying

1,050

160

50

1,260

Wholesale and retail trades

840

150

60

1,060

Hotels and restaurants

350

130

50

530

Transport, storage and communication

280

30

20

330

Financial and legal activities

320

90

110

520

Other business activities

1,260

130

40

1,430

Education, health and other services

1,460

170

80

1,710

Total private sector companies

6,010

930

420

7,360


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, %6.43.73.12.94.24.94.4

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
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

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