More women in part time jobs classed as primary roles – NSO

Women continue to surpass men in holding down part time jobs as their primary occupations, new figures show.

According to the latest data from the National Statistics Office, female employees treating a part time job as primary occupation has remained just over 20,000 in the period between the average of 2016 and October 2018.

While the October 2018 figure shows that there were 20,343 females in this economic status, this remained almost 6,000 clear of males in the same situation, from 14,384 in (average) 2016 and 14,760 in October 2018.

The largest industry to reflecting this is the Wholesale and Retail trade, which includes the repairs of cars and motor bikes. Despite a decline in the September 2017/18 monthly figures, females in this industry remained around 4,800 from the 2016 average to the October 2017/18 comparison, 4,879 and 4,812 respectively. This still remains 2,000 employees clear of males in this industry.

The second industry which reflects this trend is in the Accommodation and food service. According to the latest comparative figures for October 2017/18, women accounted for almost 200 employees greater than men in the same economic status and industry, (2,865 and 2,667 respectively).

The other areas which reflect this are in Administrative and support services and Education.

The figures above come from the latest report from the National Statistics Office which explore Malta’s Gainfully Occupied Population both full and part time, in the month of October 2018.

Professional and Administrative industries biggest increases

The number of people in full time employment within the Professional, scientific and technical activities accounted for an almost 2,000 increase (1,816) between October 2017 and 2018, 12,829 and 14,645 respectively.

The same is seen in the Administrative and support service activities industry where there has been an almost 1,500 (1,452) increase in the October 2017 and 2018 period, 17,973 and 19,425 respectively.

Overall, there has been an 11,000 increase (11,949) in the number of full time gainfully occupied population for the October period, according to the NSO figures (197,240 and 209,189 respectively). This reflects a growing trend from the month of September in both 2017 and 2018, where the increase was between 1,200 and over 1,500 (1,201 and 1,522 respectively.)

Private versus Private

When looking at the increases on privately employed to publicly employed persons, figures show a continued and more than threefold increase for the Private sector.

Between October 2017 and 2018, the private sector grew by over 10,000 people (10,873), 150,790 and 161,663 respectively. In the public sector, this same year on year difference was recorded by just over 1,000 (1,076) 46,450 and 47,526.

Overall, this demonstrates that private sector full time employment continues to increase  at a higher rate than the public sector but at an over threefold level.