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Employment and vacancies statistics for June 2014
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     According to the figures released today (September 19) by the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD), total employment in the private sector surveyed increased by 1.9 % or 52 600 persons in June 2014 compared with a year earlier. The total number of vacancies was 79 720, representing an increase of 2% or 1 860 over the preceding year.

Employment statistics

     In June 2014, the selected industries as a whole employed 2 754 200 persons. The import and export trade engaged 491 600 persons, followed by the professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) engaging 274 400 persons, the retail trade 271 900 persons, and the food and beverage services 242 900 persons.

     Employment increased in most of the surveyed industries compared with a year earlier. Increases in employment were mainly recorded in the industries of arts, entertainment, recreation and other services (6.1% or 7 300 persons); accommodation services (covering hotels, guesthouses, boarding houses and other establishments providing short term accommodation) (5.3% or 2 000 persons); human health services (4.2% or 4 500 persons); education (4.1% or 7 200 persons); and professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) (3.4% or 9 000 persons). On the other hand, employment decreased mainly in the industries of construction sites (manual workers only) (-3.4% or -2 800 persons); and manufacturing (-1.1% or -1 200 persons). Employment figures for selected major industries are shown in Table 1.

Vacancies statistics

     Among the 79 720 private sector vacancies, 13 990 were from the industry of food and beverage services; 8 810 from the retail trade; 7 420 from the professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services); 6 970 from the import and export trade; and 5 720 from the arts, entertainment, recreation and other services.

     Vacancies increased in half of the selected industries in June 2014 over a year earlier. Increases were mainly in the industries of food and beverage services (2 630 or 23%); manufacturing (900 or 34%); retail trade (690 or 8%); cleaning and similar services (610 or 46%); and construction sites (manual workers only) (510 or 50%). Yet, decreases were seen mainly in the industries of import and export trade (-1 710 or -20%); and arts, entertainment, recreation and other services (-490 or -8%). 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 (27 930 vacancies); associate professionals (16 120 vacancies); elementary occupations (15 880 vacancies); and clerical support workers (9 190 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 March 2014, the seasonally adjusted total employment and total vacancies in the surveyed industries increased by 0.5% and 4.8% respectively in June 2014. 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, June 2014
(www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp452.jsp?productCode=B1050003)

Quarterly Report of Employment and Vacancies at Construction Sites, June 2014
(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/Friday, September 19, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:30

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