Less part time workers in accommodation and food sector – NSO

Fewer part timers are working in accommodation and food Services in the last two years, new figures show.

According to the National Statistics Office, there has been a gradual decline in the number of registered Maltese part-time workers employed in the Accommodation and Food Services sector between 2017 and 2019.

According to the Registered Employment report for April 2019, the number of part time employees dropped by over 400 (401) from April 2018. March 2019 also reported a drop from 2018 figures, 9,073 to 8,763 respectively.  On average for 2017 to 2018, there was a drop from 9,433 to 9,141.

Likewise, the report also identifies that in the year period between April 2018 and 2019, there were also drops in some sectors and sub-categories of industrial sectors.

Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities saw an overall drop in April 2019, from 166 to 146. This is preceded drops in March figures from 165 to 152 between 2018 and 2019. Between 2017 and 2018, the sector saw a drop from 200 to 172.

A similar trend was identified with full-time employment dropping in April 2019 from 1,686 to 1,624.

The manufacturing also drops within its sub-categories.

The manufacturing of food products saw a drop from 700 in 2018 to 670 in 2019. The production of rubber and plastics also saw a drop from 137 to 115 in April 2019. Other manufacturing also saw a drop from 230 to 160 in April this year. These were the only drops reported within the Manufacturing sector. Overall, the sector saw an increase from 3,036 to 3,125 in April 2019.

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Rise in full-time Construction and Professional activities employment

While the report identifies drops in part time employment, NSO also reports a number of key increases in full-time employment for the Construction and Professional activities sectors.

According to the report, Construction saw an increase from 11,863 to 13,098 in April 2019. The previous month had seen an increase from 11,743 in April 2018 to 12,922 in April of this year.

This increase was largely driven by the ‘Construction of Buildings’ (April 2018 – 4,582 / April 2019 – 5,247) and the ‘Specialised Construction Activities’ (April 2018 – 6,370 / April 2019 – 6,744).

Along with Construction, the ‘Professional, Scientific and technical activities’ also saw a major increase from April 2018 to 2019, from 13,351 to 15,503. March also registered a similar increase from April 2018 to 2019, 13,197 to 15,467 equally.

Legal and accounting activities and Head Office activities/Management Consultancy activities drove the biggest increases in the sector.

Overall, NSO reports that in April 2019, the number of registered full-time employees had increased by 5.9% with part-time employment increased by 1.3%.