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Employment and vacancies statistics for September 2013
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     According to the figures released today (December 19) by the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD), total employment in the private sector surveyed increased by 1.7% or 45 000 persons in September 2013 compared with a year earlier. The total number of vacancies was 78 300, representing an increase of 13% or 8 840 over the preceding year.

Employment statistics

     In September 2013, the selected industries as a whole employed 2 706 500 persons. The import and export trade engaged 489 600 persons, followed by the professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) engaging 269 200 persons, the retail trade 264 800 persons, and the food and beverage services 236 700 persons.

     Employment increased in most of the surveyed industries compared with a year earlier. Increases in employment were recorded in the industries of construction sites (6.3% or 4 600 persons); human health services (5.4% or 5 500 persons); information and communications (5.2% or 5 100 persons); professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) (4.6% or 11 900 persons); and accommodation services (covering hotels, guesthouses, boarding houses and other establishments providing short term accommodation) (4.4% or 1 700 persons). On the other hand, employment decreased mainly in the industries of manufacturing (-2.7% or -2 900 persons); and wholesale (-2.5% or -1 500 persons). Employment figures for selected major industries are shown in Table 1.

Vacancies statistics

     Among the 78 300 private sector vacancies, 12 870 were from the industry of food and beverage services; 9 190 from the retail trade; 8 630 from the import and export trade; 7 300 from the professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services); and 5 840 from the financing and insurance.

     Vacancies increased in most of the selected industries in September 2013 over a year earlier. Increases were mainly in the industries of financing and insurance (2 330 or 66%); import and export trade (2 060 or 32%); food and beverage services (1 020 or 9%); information and communications (870 or 40%); and residential care and social work services (730 or 33%). Yet, decreases were seen mainly in the industries of arts, entertainment, recreation and other services (-1 150 or -18%); and wholesale (-170 or -10%). Job vacancies figures for selected major industries are shown in Table 2.

     Analysed by major occupation category, private sector vacancies were observed mainly in the categories of service and sales workers (28 220 vacancies); associate professionals (16 960 vacancies); elementary occupations (13 560 vacancies); and clerical support workers (9 830 vacancies). Job vacancies figures by major occupation category are shown in Table 3.

Seasonally adjusted statistics

     For discerning the latest trend in employment and vacancies in the private sector, it is useful to look at changes over a three-month period in the respective seasonally adjusted figures. Compared with June 2013, the seasonally adjusted total employment and total vacancies in the surveyed industries increased by 0.3% and 1.1% respectively in September 2013. The changes over three-month period in the seasonally adjusted series of employment and vacancies are shown in Table 4.

Other information

     The above employment and vacancies statistics were obtained from the Quarterly Survey of Employment and Vacancies and the Quarterly Employment Survey of Construction Sites conducted by the C&SD. In the former survey, some economic activities (e.g. those dominated by self-employment, including taxi operators and hawkers) are not covered. Therefore, the respective employment and vacancies figures relate only to those selected industries included in the survey. In the latter survey on construction sites, employment and vacancies figures relate to manual workers only.

     A detailed breakdown of the above statistics is published in the following reports:

Quarterly Report of Employment and Vacancies Statistics, September 2013
(www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp452.jsp?productCode=B1050003)

Quarterly Report of Employment and Vacancies at Construction Sites, September 2013
(www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp452.jsp?productCode=B1050004)

     Users can download these publications free of charge from the website of the C&SD.

     Enquiries on more detailed employment and vacancies statistics can be directed to the Employment Statistics and Central Register of Establishments Section, C&SD (Tel: 2582 5076; fax: 2827 2296; email: [email protected]).

Ends/Thursday, December 19, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:31

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