The Malta Independent 17 November 2019, Sunday

Full-time employment increases by nearly 6% in May – NSO

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In May 2019, registered full-time employment increased by 5.8 per cent while part-time employment as a primary job increased by 0.9 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2018, the NSO said today.

Administrative data provided by Jobsplus show that, over a period of one year, the labour supply (excluding part-timers) in May increased by 5.7 per cent, reaching 218,122. This was mainly attributed to a year on year increase in the full-time registered employment (11,906) and a decline in registered unemployment (122).

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Registered full-time employment

When May 2019 is compared to May 2018, the highest increase in employment was brought about by professional, scientific and technical activities and administrative and support service activities, with 2,056 and 1,755 respectively. Registered full-time employment in the private sector went up by 11,069 persons to 168,512. Public sector full-time employment increased by 837 persons to 47,941.

The number of persons registered as full-time self-employed rose by 1,498 when compared to May 2018, while the number of persons registered as employees increased by 10,408. Full-time employment for males and females went up by 5.3 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively over 2018 levels.

Registered part-time employment

Registered part-time employment in May 2019 went up by 4.8 per cent when compared to a year earlier. The overall increase was mainly generated by professional, scientific and technical activities and arts, entertainment and recreation. On the other hand, accommodation and food services activities registered a drop of 459 persons when compared to May 2018.

The number of part-timers who also held a full-time job amounted to 29,102 up by 9.9 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2018. Employed persons whose part-time job was their primary occupation totalled 35,073, up by 0.9 per cent when compared to 2018.

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