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STATISTICS

MALTESE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY: Q1/2021

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Labour Force Survey estimates indicated that, during the first quarter, total employment stood at 263,400 accounting for 60.0 per cent of the population aged 15 and over. Unemployed persons stood at 10,516 (2.4 per cent) while inactive persons totalled 165,325 (37.6 per cent). The activity rate for the quarter under review was estimated at 77.2 per cent with the highest rate recorded among persons aged 25 to 54 years (89.4 per cent).

 

The Employed Population

On average, out of every 100 persons aged between 15 and 64 years, 74 were employed. The male employment rate for this age bracket was 81.7 per cent while that for females stood at 65.7 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 15.9 per cent of all persons with a main job. The majority of employed persons worked on a full-time basis and amounted to 232,222. A further 31,178 had a part-time job as their primary employment. Results show that, on average, full-timers usually worked 41.0 hours while part-timers worked 21.4 hours per week. In the first quarter of 2021, employed persons actually worked 33.7 hours per week, 1.2 hours less when compared to the previous year. The average monthly basic salary of employees for the first quarter of 2021 was estimated at €1,597. The highest basic salary was recorded in the Financial and insurance activities sector. Average monthly salaries varied from €972 among persons employed in elementary occupations to €2,353 among managers.

 

The Unemployed and Inactive Population

The unemployment rate for the first quarter of 2021, stood at 3.9 per cent. The largest share of unemployed persons was recorded among persons aged 25 to 74 years. Females accounted for 60.0 per cent of total inactive persons. Persons over 65 years made up the highest share of the inactive. Over 40 per cent were inactive because they had reached retirement age or were taking up early retirement.

 

Educational Attainment

Almost half of the persons aged 15 years and over had attained a low level of education. Meanwhile, 35.4 per cent of the employed had a tertiary level education.

 

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