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In May 2020, registered full-time employment increased by 6.7 per cent while part-time employment as a primary job decreased by 8.6 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2019, according to the National Statistics Office.

Despite COVID’s disastrous impacts on Malta’s economy and the global economy, administrative data provided by Jobsplus shows that, over a period of one year, the labour supply excluding part-timers in May 2020 increased by 7.9 per cent, reaching 235,309.

This was mainly attributed to a year-on-year increase in full-time registered employment (14,447) and an increase in registered unemployment (2,740).

Registered full-time employment

When May 2020 is compared to May 2019, the highest increase in full-time employment was brought about by administrative and support service activities (NACE 77-82) and human health and social work activities (NACE 86-88), with 3,292 and 1,928 respectively.

Registered full-time employment in the private sector went up by 12,884 persons to 181,396.

Public sector full-time employment increased by 1,563 persons to 49,504.

The number of persons registered as full-time self-employed rose by 2,523 when compared to May 2019, while the number of persons registered as employees increased by 11,924.

Full-time employment for males and females went up by 6.3 per cent and 7.3 per cent respectively over 2019 levels.

Registered part-time employment Registered part-time employment in May 2020 decreased by 2.4 per cent when compared to the same month in 2019.

The human health and social services activities (NACE 86-88) followed by the professional, scientific and technical activities (NACE 69-75) recorded the highest increases in part-time employment with 298 and 259 respectively.

On the other hand, employment within the accommodation and food services activities (NACE 55-56), decreased by 1,520 when compared to the same month last year.

The number of part-timers who also held a full-time job amounted to 30,591, up by 5.1 per cent when compared to the corresponding month last year. Employed persons whose part-time job was their primary occupation totalled 32,070, down by 8.6 per cent when compared to 2019.

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