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Registered Jobseekers

 1.1  Registered Jobseekers Trend (2009-2019)  
 1.2  Registered Jobseekers segmented by Region (2009-2019)  
 1.3  Registered Jobseekers segmented by Age Cohorts (2009-2019)  
 1.4  Registered Jobseekers segmented by Occupation (2009-2019)  
 1.5  Registered Jobseekers segmented by Highest Educational Level achieved (2009-2019) 
 1.6  Registered Jobseekers by Duration of Unemployment Spell (2009-2019)  
 1.7  Registered Jobseekers by Gender and Island (2009-2019) 
 1.8  Registered Jobseekers as at end of October2020


Registered Jobseekers at Jobsplus

1.1 Registered Jobseekers Trend (2009-2019)

Over a span of a decade, registered jobseekers with Jobsplus have decreased by 78.6%, from 7,680 in 2009 to 1,642 in 2019. If one analyses the level of registered jobseekers in Malta and in Gozo, one notices that in both Islands the level of jobseekers dropped significantly. In fact, the level of jobseekers in Gozo decreased by 79.3%, from 801 in 2009 to 166 in 2019 while in Malta, the drop decreased by 78.5%, dropping from 6,879 in 2009 to 1,476 in 2019. The registered jobseekers data included those jobseekers registering under Part 1 and 2 of Jobsplus' unemployment register.

JS Time Series by Island (2009-2019) 

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1.2 Registered Jobseekers segmented by Region (2009-2019)

Segmenting the Islands into six regions or districts, one can notice that the highest concentration of jobseekers reside around the harbour area. On average, 28% of jobseekers reside in the Southern harbour district; 27% reside in the Northern harbour district; 15% reside in the South-Eastern district; 12% reside in the Northern district and 7% reside in the Western district. Gozo and Comino occupy 12% of the share of jobseekers. Over the past decade, all the regions/districts registered a drop in the level of jobseekers, having the largest drops registered in the Western district (-81.3%); followed by the Southern harbour district and Southern Eastern district (-80.7%).

JS Trend by Region (2009-2019) 

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1.3 Registered Jobseekers segmented by Age Cohorts (2009-2019)

The largest age cohort of registered jobseekers at Jobsplus is that of the 45 years and over (45%), followed by those aged between 30-44 years (31%). Youth unemployment (under 25 years) averaged 15% of total registered jobseekers over the past decade. However, at the end of 2019, youth unemployment has dropped to 13% (219 persons) from the original 22% (1,652 persons) at the end of 2009. Over the past decade all age cohorts registered a drop. The largest drop was registered in the under 20 years cohort (-87.6%); then from the 25-29 cohort (-87.2%); followed by the 20-24 years cohort (-86.1%) and then by then 30-44 cohort (-79.2%).


JS by Age Group and Island (2009-2019) 

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1.4 Registered Jobseekers segmented by Occupation (2009-2019)

The majority of jobseekers registering with Jobsplus are looking for jobs as Clerks and support (19%); followed by those looking for Service workers and shop/market sales workers jobs (18%); Technical and Associate Professionals (13%); Craft and related workers jobs (13%); Elementary occupation jobs (11%); Professionals (10%); Plant and Machinery Operations and Assemblers (9%); and. Over the past decade, registration of jobseekers in Managerial and Skilled Agricultural, Fishery and Forestry jobs are quite low. In fact, those looking for Managerial and Skilled Agricultural, Fishery and Forestry jobs amounted to 5% respectively. Notwithstanding that the latter jobs occupy a small share from the registered jobseekers pool, however they are the groups that increased gradually over the past decade.


JS by Major ISCO Group (2009-2019) 

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1.5 Registered Jobseekers segmented by the highest Educational level achieved (2009-2019)

48 % of those jobseekers registering at Jobsplus have an ISCED Level 3 classification, namely those with a SEC or O level certification. Moreover, almost 24% of jobseekers have a primary level of education (ISCED level 1). Only 12% of jobseekers have an educational level higher than that of an "A" level standard (ISCED level 4 and higher). A noticeable drop in those having secondary level of education (Level 2) without any proper certification after 2009, and the increase in those having an advanced or intermediate level of qualification (Level 4) is simply the result of the introduction of a new classification of education (ISCED-11), together with an exercise that Jobsplus has conducted to check on the qualification of its jobseekers prior to the introduction of the ISCED-11 classification. Nevertheless, those having secondary level of education (Level 2) without any proper certification has increased again after 2015 and started to drop after 2016.


JS by Educational Level Achieved (2009-2019) 

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1.6 Registered Jobseekers segmented by Duration of Unemployment Spell (2009-2019)

Over the past decade, there was a registered shift from those jobseekers (registered with Jobsplus) having an unemployment spell between 21 – 52 weeks to those having an unemployment spell of over 1 year. In fact, the share of those having an unemployment spell between 21 – 52 weeks reduced from 22% to 16% over the past decade, whilst for those having an unemployment spell of more than 1 year increased from 33% to 40%. Those jobseekers having an unemployment spell of Under 21 weeks had an average share of 41% of total registered jobseekers. 


JS Trend by Unemployment Spell (2009-2019) 

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1.7 Registered Jobseekers segmented by Gender and Island (2009-2019)

Over the past decade, the shares between the sexes remained the same having Malta males occupying a share of 71% of total registered jobseekers and females having a share of 29%; whilst those in Gozo occupy a share of 68% and 32% respectively. The percentage share of total unemployment in Malta and Gozo for 2019 is 90% and 10 % respectively. However, both islands have registered a significant drop in unemployment rate over the period under review.


JS by Gender and Island (2009-2019) 

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1.8 Registered Jobseekers data as at October 2020

The following charts will provide a brief analysis of the registered unemployed pool registered with Jobsplus as at the end of October 2020 (last published information by the National Statistics Office). All information is segmented by Gender and Island for ease of reference. 

JS by Sex and Island - OCT 20

JS by Sex and Region - OCT 20

JS by Sex and Age Cohort - OCT 20

JS by Sex and Educational level - OCT 20

JS by Sex and Region - OCT 20
JS by Sex and Unemployment Spell - OCT 20

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