Labour Force Survey estimates more than 300,000 in employment in Q3

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 December, 2023 at 11:35 am by Andre Camilleri

During the third quarter of 2023, the Labour Force Survey estimates that total number of persons in employment was 301,441, 5.9 per cent higher when compared to the previous year, the NSO said Thursday.

Labour Status

Labour Force Survey estimates indicated that, during the third quarter, total employment stood at 301,441 accounting for 64.7 per cent of the population aged 15 and over. Unemployed persons stood at 7,723 (1.7 per cent) while inactive persons totalled 156,987 (33.7 per cent). The activity rate for the quarter under review was estimated at 82.7 per cent with the highest rate recorded among persons aged 25 to 54 (91.4 per cent).  

The Employed Population

On average, out of every 100 persons aged between 15 and 64 years, 81 were employed. The male employment rate for this age bracket was 87.1 per cent while that for females stood at 73.2 per cent. The largest share of employed persons was recorded among persons aged between 25 and 34 years, for both males and females.

Self-employed persons accounted for 14.7 per cent of all persons with a main job. The majority of employed persons worked on a full-time basis and amounted to 263,584.  A further 37,857 had a part-time job as their primary employment. Results show that, on average, full-timers usually worked 41.2 hours while part-timers worked 23.4 hours per week. In the third quarter of 2023, employed persons actually worked 31.8 hours per week, 0.6 hours less when compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

The average monthly basic salary of employees for the third quarter of 2023 was estimated at €1,829. The highest basic salary was recorded in the Financial and insurance activities sector.  Average monthly salaries varied from €1,193 among persons employed in elementary occupations to €3,008 among managers.

The Unemployed and Inactive Population

The unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2023, stood at 2.5 per cent. The largest share of unemployed persons was recorded among persons aged 25 to 74 years. Females accounted for 59.2 per cent of total inactive persons and those over 65 years made up the highest share of the inactive. The main reason for inactivity relates to persons reaching retirement age or taking up early retirement (43.8 per cent).

Education Attainment

More than 40 per cent of persons aged 15 years and over had attained a low level of education (41.4 per cent). By contrast, 34.8 per cent of the employed had a tertiary level education.

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