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Summary Table: Employment
Released on:16/3/2021 10:00 AM

​​Summary Table: Employment

The number of persons in employment tells us about the economy's ability to create jobs.

The change in employment sheds light on the impact of economic changes on the labour market. In particular, the breakdown of employment by sectors helps identify sectors where employment is growing or falling. 

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Year​ 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
  Employment Level as at
  Year-end ('000)
3,105.9 3,228.5 3,357.6 3,493.8 3,623.9 3,656.2 3,673.1 3,669.4 3,714.8 3,784.3 3,603.3
  Employment Distribution​
  by Sector as at Year-end (%)
100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0​ 100.0
  Manufacturing 16.8 16.3 15.9 15.5 14.8 14.1 13.6 13.4 13.1 12.8 12.4
  Construction​ 12.2 12.4 13.1 13.7 13.6 13.7 13.3 12.3 12.0 12.1 11.2
  Services 70.3 70.6 70.2 70.1 70.8 71.4 72.3 73.6 74.2 74.4 75.6
  Others 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
  Employment Change ('000)









  Annual 115.9 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 -3.6 45.3 69.7 -181.0
  1st Qtr 36.5 28.3 27.2 28.9 28.4 -6.1 13.0 -6.8 3.7 13.8 -25.4
  2nd Qtr 24.9 24.8 31.7 33.7 27.7 9.7 4.2 -7.3 6.5 6.8 -113.5
  3rd Qtr 20.5 31.9 26.2 33.1 33.4 12.6 -2.7 -2.3 19.3 27.5 -34.4​
  4th Qtr 33.9 37.6 44.0 40.6 40.7 16.1 2.3 12.7 15.9 21.6 -7.8
  Employment Change (excl FDW) ('000)









  Annual 110.6 117.7 125.8 131.3 122.1 23.3 8.6 -10.7 38.3 61.7 -166.6
  1st Qtr 32.9 27.6 25.3 28.5 25.9 -8.6 9.5 -9.4 0.4 11.1 -25.8
  2nd Qtr 24.4 24.7 31.6 32.7 26.3 7.6 2.1 -7.9 6.5 7.5 -103.8
  3rd Qtr 22.4 31.1 27.0 32.3 31.5 10.5 -4.2 -4.1 16.7 23.2 -29.1
  4th Qtr 30.9 34.3 42.0 37.9 38.3 13.7 1.2 10.7 14.7 19.9 -7.9
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

Annual Employment Change by Industry and Residential Status ('000)​
Employment
Level ('000)​
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Dec 2020
Overall
Total 115.9 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 -3.6 45.3 69.7 -181.0 3,603.3
Total (excl FDW) 110.6 117.7 125.8 131.3 122.1 23.3 8.6 -10.7 38.3 61.7 -166.6 3,355.9
     Resident 56.2 37.9 58.7 82.9 96.0 0.7 11.2 21.3 27.4 28.3 14.9 2,371.8
     Non-Resident 59.7 84.8 70.4 53.3 34.0 31.6 5.7 -24.9 17.9 41.5 -195.9 1,231.5
     Non-Resident (excl FDW) 54.4 79.8 67.1 48.4 26.0 22.6 -2.5 -32.0 10.9 33.4 -181.5 984.1
Manufacturing
 Total 4.6 5.8 8.3 4.8 -3.9 -21.2 -14.4 -10.9 -2.4 -2.1 -37.8 447.0
     Resident 5.2 -0.5 -1.0 1.4 0.7 -6.6 -5.6 -1.0 -1.8 -2.0 -3.6 238.7
     Non-Resident -0.7 6.3 9.4 3.4 -4.6 -14.5 -8.7 -9.9 -0.6 -0.1 -34.2 208.3
Construction
  Total 0.5 21.8 40.4 38.5 14.7 7.2 -11.3 -38.3 -7.1 12.6 -51.8 405.0
     Resident -3.3 2.2 5.5 6.6 5.1 0.5 -1.3 -5.5 -1.7 -1.4 1.0 116.3
     Non-Resident 3.8 19.7 34.9 31.9 9.7 6.7 -10.0 -32.8 -5.4 14.0 -52.8 288.7
Services
  Total 110.3​ 94.2​ 78.6​ 91.2 118.5​ 45.6 42.8 46.0 54.9 59.4 -91.1 2,724.9
  Total (excl FDW) 105.0 89.2 75.3 86.3 110.5 36.6 34.6 39.0 47.8 51.3 -76.7 2,477.5
     Resident 54.0 35.5 52.7 73.5 89.8 6.4 18.4 28.3 31.2 31.9 17.4 1,995.2
   ​  Non-Resident
56.2​ 58.6 25.9​ 17.7​ 28.7​ 39.2 24.4 17.7 23.7 27.5 -108.5 729.7
     Non-Resident (excl FDW) 50.9 53.7 22.6 12.8 20.7 30.2 16.2 10.7 16.6 19.4 -94.1 482.2
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Dec 2020

Source: Administrative Records and Labour Force Survey, Manpower Research & Statistics Department, MOM
Latest figures published in: Labour Market Report

Notes:
  • Data are compiled primarily from administrative records, with the self-employed estimated from the Labour Force Survey.
  • The industries are classified based on SSIC 2015.
  • Residents refer to to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.
  • Change in employment is the difference in the employment level at the end of the reference period compared with the end of the preceding period.
  • Data for the three major sectors do not add up to the total as the latter includes Agriculture, Fishing, Quarrying, Utilities and Sewerage & Waste Management.
  • 'excl FDW' refers to excluding foreign domestic workers.
  • Data may not necessarily add up to total due to rounding.
  • p = Preliminary
  • n.a. = Not available
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