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Unemployment

Registered Jobseekers

 1.1  Registered Jobseekers Trend (2005-2016)  
 1.2  Registered Jobseekers segmented by Region (2005-2016)  
 1.3  Registered Jobseekers segmented by Age Cohorts (2005-2016)  
 1.4  Registered Jobseekers segmented by Occupation (2005-2016)  
 1.5  Registered Jobseekers segmented by Highest Educational Level achieved (2005-2016) 
 1.6  Registered Jobseekers by Duration of Unemployment Spell (2005-2016)  
 1.7  Registered Jobseekers by Gender and Island (2005-2016) 
 1.8  Registered Jobseekers as at end of  May 2017 


 

Registered Jobseekers at Jobsplus

1.1 Registered Jobseekers Trend (2005-2016)

Over a span of a decade, registered jobseekers with Jobsplus have decreased by 60.5%, from 7,379 in 2005 to 2,912 in 2016. If one analyses the level of registered jobseekers in Malta and in Gozo, one notices that although in both Islands the level dropped however the volume of drop is quite different. In fact, the level of jobseekers in Gozo averaged around the 703 mark, whereby the drop in unemployment over the whole decade was of 28.3%. Conversely in Malta, the drop in unemployment was more substantial of 64%, dropping from 6,665 in 2005 to 2400 in 2016. The registered jobseekers data included those jobseekers registering under Part 1 and 2 of Jobsplus' unemployment register.
 

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1.2 Registered Jobseekers segmented by Region (2005-2016)

Segmenting the Islands into six regions or districts, one can notice that the highest concentration of jobseekers reside around the harbour area. On average, 29% of jobseekers reside in the Southern harbour district; 26% reside in the Northern harbour district; 15% reside in the South-Eastern district; 10% reside in the Northern district and 8% 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 (-68.5%); Southern Eastern district (-67.1%) and Southern harbour district (-66.3%).
 

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1.3 Registered Jobseekers segmented by Age Cohorts (2005-2016)

The largest age cohort of registered jobseekers at Jobsplus is that of the 45 years and over (39%), followed by those aged between 30-44 years (31%). Youth unemployment (under 25 years) averaged 18% of total registered jobseekers over the past decade. However, at the end of 2016, youth unemployment has dropped to 11% (340 persons) from the original 31% (2,237 persons) at the end of 2005. Over the past decade all age cohorts registered a drop. The largest drop was registered in the under 20 years cohort (-87.8%); then from the 20-24 years cohort (-82.3%); followed by the 25-29 cohort (-76.2%) and then by then 30-44 cohort (-58.5%).

 

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1.4 Registered Jobseekers segmented by Occupation (2005-2016)

The share of jobseekers registering for occupations that fall under the 9 strata of the ISCO-08 classification group, did not change over the past decade. The majority of jobseekers registering with Jobsplus are looking for jobs as Service workers and shop/market sales workers (19%); followed by those looking for Clerical jobs (16%); Craft and related workers jobs (14%); Elementary occupation jobs (13%); and Plant and Machinery operators & assemblers jobs (11%). Over the past decade, registration of jobseekers in more technical and managerial jobs were quite low. In fact, those looking for jobs as Technical and Associate Professionals were only 11%; those looking for Professional jobs were only 9% of total jobseekers; whilst those looking for Managerial and Supervisory jobs were only 4%. 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.

 

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1.5 Registered Jobseekers segmented by the highest Educational level achieved (2005-2016)

More than half of those jobseekers registering at Jobsplus have an ISCED Level 3 classification, namely those with a certification equivalent to '0' level or SEC standard. Moreover, almost 1 in 3 of jobseekers have a primary level of education (ISCED level 1). Only 10% 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.

 

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1.6 Registered Jobseekers segmented by Duration of Unemployment Spell (2005-2016)

Over the past decade, there was a registered shift from those jobseekers (registered with Jobsplus) having an unemployment spell of just under 21 weeks (under 6 months) to those having an unemployment spell of over 1 year. In fact, the share of those having an unemployment spell of Under 21 weeks reduced from 46% to 39% over the past decade, whilst for those having an unemployment spell of more than 1 year increased from 36% to 41%. Those jobseekers having an unemployment spell between 21-52 weeks had an average share of 19% of total registered jobseekers. 

 

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1.7 Registered Jobseekers segmented by Gender and Island (2005-2015)

Over the past decade, the shares between the sexes remained the same having Malta males occupying a share of 78% of total registered jobseekers and females having a share of 22%; whilst those in Gozo occupy a share of 67% and 33% respectively. Gozo usually occupies a 12% share of total unemployment in Malta and Gozo. Whilst unemployment in Gozo remained fairly the same over the period under review, however unemployment in Malta dropped drastically from a total of 6,665 in 2005 to 2,400 in 2016.

 

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1.8 Registered Jobseekers data as at May 2017

The following charts will provide a brief analysis of the registered unemployed pool registered with Jobsplus as at the end of May 2017(last published information by the National Statistics Office). All information is segmented by Gender and Island for ease of reference. 

 





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