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Employment and vacancies statistics for June 2015
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     According to the figures released today (September 21) by the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD), total employment in the private sector surveyed increased by 1.3% or 36 300 persons in June 2015 compared with a year earlier. The total number of vacancies was 78 380, representing a decrease of 2% or 1 340 over the preceding year.

Employment statistics

     In June 2015, the selected industries as a whole employed 2 790 500 persons. The import and export trade engaged 484 400 persons, followed by the professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) engaging 281 900 persons, the retail trade 269 900 persons, and the food and beverage services 243 100 persons.

     Employment increased in majority of the surveyed industries compared with a year earlier. Increases in employment were mainly recorded in the industries of construction sites (manual workers only) (16.4% or 13 100 persons), human health services (4.5% or 4 900 persons), education (3.5% or 6 500 persons), cleaning and similar services (2.8% or 2 200 persons), professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) (2.7% or 7 500 persons), and financing and insurance (2.7% or 5 700 persons). On the other hand, employment decreased mainly in the industries of manufacturing (-2.6% or -2 600 persons), wholesale (-1.9% or -1 200 persons), and import and export trade (-1.5% or -7 200 persons). Employment figures for selected major industries are shown in Table 1.

Vacancies statistics

     Among the 78 380 private sector vacancies, 13 410 were from the industry of food and beverage services; 8 440 from the retail trade; 7 320 from the professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services); 7 050 from the import and export trade; and 6 080 from the arts, entertainment, recreation and other services.

     Vacancies decreased in more than half of the selected industries in June 2015 over a year earlier.  Decreases were mainly observed in the industries of manufacturing (-850 or -24%), construction sites (manual workers only) (-600 or -39%), food and beverage services (-580 or -4%), retail trade (-370 or -4%), and information and communications (-170 or -6%). Yet, increases were seen in some industries, mainly real estate (420 or 11%); arts, entertainment, recreation and other services (360 or 6%); and financing and insurance (310 or 6%). 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 (26 490 vacancies), associate professionals (16 590 vacancies), elementary occupations (14 330 vacancies), and clerical support workers (9 200 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 2015, the seasonally adjusted total employment and total vacancies in the surveyed industries decreased by less than 0.05% and increased by 1.4% respectively in June 2015. 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 2015
(www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp452.jsp?productCode=B1050003)

Quarterly Report of Employment and Vacancies at Construction Sites, June 2015
(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/Monday, September 21, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:43

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