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Employment and vacancies statistics for June 2016
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     According to the figures released today (September 20) by the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD), total employment in the private sector surveyed increased by 0.6% or 17 100 persons in June 2016 compared with a year earlier. The total number of vacancies was 68 200, representing a decrease of 13% or 10 180 over the preceding year.

Employment statistics

     In June 2016, the selected industries as a whole employed 2 807 600 persons. The import and export trade engaged 481 800 persons, followed by the professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) engaging 286 500 persons, the retail trade 266 200 persons, and the food and beverage services 242 200 persons.

     Employment increased in more than half of the surveyed industries compared with a year earlier. Increases in employment were mainly recorded in the industries of construction sites (manual workers only) (14.4% or 13 400 persons), human health services (4.4% or 5 100 persons), residential care and social work services (3.7% or 2 200 persons), education (2.2% or 4 300 persons), and professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) (1.6% or 4 600 persons). On the other hand, employment decreased mainly in the industries of manufacturing (-3.5% or -3 500 persons); arts, entertainment, recreation and other services (-2.6% or -3 400 persons); accommodation services (covering hotels, guesthouses, boarding houses and other establishments providing short term accommodation) (-2.5% or -900 persons); and retail trade (-1.4% or -3 700 persons). Employment figures for selected major industries are shown in Table 1.

Vacancies statistics

     Among the 68 200 private sector vacancies, 11 300 were from the industry of food and beverage services, 7 230 from professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services), 7 100 from retail trade, 5 820 from import and export trade, and 5 230 from financing and insurance.

     Vacancies decreased in majority of the selected industries in June 2016 over a year earlier. Decreases were mainly observed in the industries of food and beverage services (-2 110 or -16%); human health services (-2 100 or -51%); retail trade (-1 340 or -16%); import and export trade (-1 230 or -17%); and arts, entertainment, recreation and other services (-1 200 or -20%). On the other hand, increases in vacancies were seen in the industries of residential care and social work services (180 or 5%), and education (100 or 3%). 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 (22 700 vacancies), associate professionals (12 890 vacancies), elementary occupations (12 430 vacancies), and clerical support workers (7 430 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 2016, the seasonally adjusted total employment and total vacancies in the surveyed industries increased by 0.2% and decreased by 4.4% respectively in June 2016. 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 2016
(www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp452.jsp?productCode=B1050003)

Quarterly Report of Employment and Vacancies at Construction Sites, June 2016
(www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp452.jsp?productCode=B1050004)

     Users can download these publications free of charge at 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]).
 
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