The National Statistics Office (NSO) confirmed that in December 2013, full-time employment increased by 3.3 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2012.

Administrative data provided by the Employment and Training Corporation show that over a period of one year, the labour supply increased by 3.5 per cent, reaching 165,064. This was mainly attributed to increases in the full-time gainfully occupied population of 4,981 persons and in the registered unemployed of 590.

In the month under review, increases in full-time employment within the private sector were recorded in Administrative and Support Services Activities (NACE 77-82; +12.5 per cent) and in Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities (NACE 69-75; +11.7 per cent). The private sector also registered drops in employment in Construction activities (NACE 41-43, -0.9 per cent) when compared to 2012 levels. Within the public sector, a shift in employment was registered from Construction (NACE 41-43) to Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security (NACE 84).

The number of full-time self-employed rose by 365 when compared to December 2012. During the same period, the number of employees increased by 4,616. Male and female full-time employment went up by 1.9 per cent and 5.8 per cent respectively over 2012.

Registered part-time employment for the month under review went up by 4.1 per cent when compared to 2012 levels. The economic activities which experienced major increases were Wholesale and Retail; Repair of Motor Vehicles (NACE 45-47; +479 persons) and Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities (NACE 69-75;+453). On the other hand, part-time employment in Information and Communication (NACE 58-63) went down by 155.

In December 2013, the number of part-timers who also held a full-time job amounted to 24,156; an increase of nearly 3.0 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2012. Compared to December 2012, employed persons whose part-time job was their primary occupation totalled 33,231 persons; an increase of 5.0 per cent or 1,585 persons.

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