More females in fixed-term contracts and PT employment in 2018

    There were more females in fixed term contracts and part-time employment than males in 2018, new figures show.

    According to the National Statistics Office report on the ‘Key Indicators on the Labour Market: 2013 – 2018’, there 1.2% more women (aged 15+) working with fixed term contracts than males and three times as many females to males in part-time jobs in 2018.

    In the former case, between 2013 and 2018, the number of females in fixed-term employment fluctuated from 8.8% in 2013 (Males – 6.8%) to a high of 9.6% in 2014 (Males – 6.4%) before falling to 8.6% in 2018 (Males – 7.4%). This was 6.1% less than the EU28 average of 14.7%. Overall, the 2018 figures show a slow growth in the total number of fixed-term employees aged 15+ of both genders.

    Likewise, the figures for the past five years demonstrate that the precentage of females working in part-time employment between 2013 and 2018 has been 3 to 4 times higher than males.

    In 2018 alone, females aged 15 and over accounted for 21.5% of total part-time workers compared to only 6.9% of male part-time workers.  This trend persisted through the previous four years with a peak in 2014 of 27.5% (Males 8.3%).

    More Maltese males and females in services than EU28

    The NSO report also highlights that there has been a consistent percentage of Maltese males and females employed in the services industry across the past five years than the EU28 average.

    While the overall EU28 percentage was 49% in 2018, Malta was 8.8% higher at 57.8%. Males made up the largest percentage at 59.5% (EU 44.5%) while Females were recorded at 55.9% (EU28 – 53.4%).

    This 57.8% of the Maltese population in services accounted for around 75% to 80% of the total employed labour force in 2018. The remainder was made up of those working in the industrial sector (13.5%) and Agriculture (0.6%).

    This 2018 figure is also 9.9% higher than the 2013 figure of 47.9% in the service industry. This also accounted for almost 80% of the total number of people employed in 2013 (62.1%).