Increase in working population before coronavirus crisis

Until just before the coronavirus crisis erupted, the labour market in Malta had continued to grow with an increase in the number of full-time and part-time workers. This emerges from a Labour Market survey for the last quarter of the previous year, carried out by the National Statistics Office. The survey shows that the number of employed persons in the last quarter of the year was just over 258,000, which is 5.4% more than the figure for the same period in the previous year.

According to the NSO’s Labour Force Survey, up to the end of last year, the rate of activity in the labour market reached a new record, with 60% of the population over the age of 15 years being in employment. This rate goes up to 88% for the 15 to 54 age group

The figures show that in the last quarter of the year, the number of persons in employment exceeded 258,000 persons. During the same period, the survey estimates there were just over 8,500 unemployed persons.  The survey showed that in the 15 to 64 age group, the rate of working males was over 43%, whilst the rate for females was nearly 64%.

The greater part of the working population, totalling 222,ooo, was in full-time employment, whilst nearly 36,000 others were in part-time employment, with a working week in the range of 22 hours.

According to the Labour Force Survey, the average salary for the last quarter of the year was 19,488 euro.


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