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Labour market statistics


In December 2019:

  • the total number of jobs in the ecnonomy was 61,500, the highest December figure recorded to date
  • the total number of jobs in the economy was 650 higher than in December 2018 representing an annual increase of 1.1%
  • the increase of jobs was predominantly due to an increase in the number of full-time positions

Annual percentage change in workforce jobs

 
Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Jobs by sector

In December 2019:

  • six sectors saw increased jobs on an annual basis, with the largest increases in education, health and other services (up 260), transport and storage (up 150), and miscellaneous business activities (up 90)
  • in contrast, five sectors saw decreased jobs on an annual basis, with the largest decreases in wholesale and retail (down 90) and agriculture and fishing (down 60)
  • the number of jobs in the public sector increased by 280 on an annual basis

Sectoral breakdown of jobs in 

 
Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Number of private sector firms

In December 2019, there were 7,800 private sector undertakings in Jersey.

Number of private sector​ undertakings by size of workforce at December 2019

Sector 1 to 5 employees 6 to 19 employees
20 or over
employees
Total companies
Agriculture and fishing

130

30

10

170

Manufacturing, utilities and waste

270

40

20

330

Construction and quarrying

1,110

170

60

1,350

Wholesale and retail 

730

140

60

920

Hotels, restaurants and bars

340

140

60

530

Transport and storage

260

20

20

290

​Information and communication

300

20

20

340

Financial and legal activities

420

90

110

620

Miscellaneoous business activities

1,350

160

50

1,570

Education, health and other services

1,420

160

90

1,680

Total private sector undertakings

6,310

960

480

7,800

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data for previous returns.

The size of the workforce is determined by employee headcount. All numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.


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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