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Summary Table: Employment
Released on:17/6/2021 10:30 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​ 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Employment Level as at
  Year-end ('000)
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 n.a.
  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 16.3 15.9 15.5 14.8 14.1 13.6 13.4 13.1 12.8 12.4 n.a.
  Construction​ 12.4 13.1 13.7 13.6 13.7 13.3 12.3 12.0 12.1 11.2 n.a.
  Services 70.6 70.2 70.1 70.8 71.4 72.3 73.6 74.2 74.4 75.6 n.a.
  Others 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 n.a.
  Employment Change ('000)









  Annual 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 -3.6 45.3 69.7 -181.0 n.a.
  1st Qtr 28.3 27.2 28.9 28.4 -6.1 13.0 -6.8 3.7 13.8 -25.4 14.0
  2nd Qtr 24.8 31.7 33.7 27.7 9.7 4.2 -7.3 6.5 6.8 -113.5 n.a.
  3rd Qtr 31.9 26.2 33.1 33.4 12.6 -2.7 -2.3 19.3 27.5 -34.4​ n.a.
  4th Qtr 37.6 44.0 40.6 40.7 16.1 2.3 12.7 15.9 21.6 -7.8 n.a.
  Employment Change (excl MDW) ('000)









  Annual 117.7 125.8 131.3 122.1 23.3 8.6 -10.7 38.3 61.7 -166.6 n.a.
  1st Qtr 27.6 25.3 28.5 25.9 -8.6 9.5 -9.4 0.4 11.1 -25.8 12.2
  2nd Qtr 24.7 31.6 32.7 26.3 7.6 2.1 -7.9 6.5 7.5 -103.8 n.a.
  3rd Qtr 31.1 27.0 32.3 31.5 10.5 -4.2 -4.1 16.7 23.2 -29.1 n.a.
  4th Qtr 34.3 42.0 37.9 38.3 13.7 1.2 10.7 14.7 19.9 -7.9 n.a.
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 MDW) 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 MDW) 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 MDW) 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 MDW) 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 Advance Release

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 MDW' refers to excluding migrant domestic workers.
  • Data may not necessarily add up to total due to rounding.
  • p = Preliminary
  • n.a. = Not available
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