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Labour market statistics


In December 2020:

  • the total number of jobs in the economy was 60,000, the lowest December figure since December 2017
  • the total number of jobs in the economy was 1,380 lower than in December 2019, representing an annual decrease of 2.2%
  • the decrease of jobs was predominantly due to a decrease in the number of part-time and zero-hours positions. These positions also saw proportionally greater decreases compared to their fraction of the total workforce

Annual percentage change in workforce jobs

 
Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Jobs by sector

In December 2020:

  • six sectors saw annual decreases of at least 50 jobs, with the largest decreases in hotels, restaurants and bars (down 1,040), wholesale and retail (down 300), and miscellaneous business activities (down 240)
  • two sectors saw annaul increase: construction and quarrying was up 150 jobs, and agriculture and fishing was up 80
  • the number of jobs in the public sector increased by 400 on an annual basis

Sectoral breakdown of jobs in 

 
Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Number of private sector firms

In December 2020, there were 7,790 private sector undertakings in Jersey.

Number of private sector​ undertakings by size of workforce in December 2020

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

140

30

10

170

Manufacturing, utilities and waste

270

40

10

320

Construction and quarrying

1,130

190

60

1,370

Wholesale and retail 

700

130

60

890

Hotels, restaurants and bars

340

110

50

500

Transport and storage

260

20

10

290

​Information and communication

310

20

20

340

Financial and legal activities

410

110

100

620

Miscellaneoous business activities

1,410

150

40

1,600

Education, health and other services

1,450

150

80

1,680

Total private sector undertakings

6,400

950

440

7,790

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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