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Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service



06/09/2012
New Publication: Labour Force Survey, 2011

The Statistical Service announces that it has published the report “Labour Force Survey” for 2011. The report provides data on the employed and unemployed population which are analysed by gender, age, education, branch of economic activity and occupational group. Data are also presented on part-time employment as well as for second job holders and the weekly hours of work. The report also provides data on the ad-hoc module on “Employment of disabled people”.

The main findings of the survey are the following:

(a) The labour force (i.e. the employed and unemployed persons) amounted to 432.165 persons in 2011 consisting of 52,6% men and 47,4% women.

(b) The employed persons reached 398.214 and the employment rate for persons aged 20-64 years old was 73,4 %. The corresponding rate for males stood at 79,6 % while that for females was much lower at 67,7%. Both rates, however, are among the highest in the European Union.

(c) The workforce of Cyprus has a relatively high educational background since more than one-third (39,8%) of the workforce have completed tertiary education and 37,9% completed upper secondary education.

(d) 40.659 persons or 10,2% of the employed worked on a part-time basis and 43,3% of these reported that they could not find a full-time job while 24,9% reported that they work on a part-time basis for personal or family reasons.

(e) 3,4% of the working population or 13.664 persons reported having a second job also and a large proportion of these (23,8%) chose agriculture as a sideline.

(f) The unemployment rate amounted to 7,9% of the labour force, which was lower for females 7,6% and higher for males 8,1%. The highest rate of unemployment was observed among young persons below 25 years of age where it accounted for 22,4% of the labour force of the same age group.

The main findings of the ad-hoc module are the following:

(a) 20,6% of the employed persons mentioned that they suffer from a severe longstanding health problem or chronic disease (males 22,4%, females 18,6%). The most severe problems stated were: heart, blood pressure or circulation problems with 5,2% (males 6,8%, females 3,5%), problems with back or neck with 4,2% (males 4,3%, females 4,0%), diabetes with 1,7% (males 2,3%, females 1,0%), problems with legs or feet with 1,1% (males 1,2%, females 1,1%) and problems with arms or hands with 1,1% (males 0,9%, females 1,2%).

(b) 30,9% of the population who do not work mentioned that they suffer from a severe longstanding health problem or chronic disease (males 30,2%, females 31,3%). The most severe problems stated were: problems with back or neck with 6,3% (males 5,6%, females 6,8%), heart, blood pressure or circulation problems with 6,1% (males 7,3%, females 5,3%), problems with legs or feet with 2,7% (males 2,8%, females 2,6%) and diabetes with 2,0% (males 2,6%, females 1,6%).

(c) 6,4% of the employed persons mentioned that they face an important difficulty in basic activities (males 6,4%, females 6,4%). The most important difficulties stated were: difficulty in lifting and carrying with 2,3% (males 2,5%, females 2,1%), difficulty in walking or climbing steps with 1,9% (males 1,9%, females 1,8%), difficulty in bending with 0,5% (males 0,5%, females 0,5%) and difficulty in holding or gripping or handling objects with their hands with 0,4% (males 0,2%, females 0,7%).

(d) 16,2% of the population who do not work mentioned that they face an important difficulty in basic activities (males 17,5%, females 15,3%). The most important difficulties stated were: difficulty in walking or climbing steps with 7,4% (males 7,6%, females 7,3%), difficulty in lifting and carrying with 3,4% (males 3,5%, females 3,4%), difficulty seeing even if wearing glasses or contact lenses with 1,0% (males 1,9%, females 0,5%) and difficulty in bending with 0,9% (males 0,8%, females 0,9%).

(e) 35,9% of the employed persons mentioned that a reason exists not related to health which might cause limitations in the work they can do (males 31,0%, females 41,1%). The main reasons stated were: lack of appropriate job opportunities with 21,1% (males 19,4%, females 22,9%), lack of qualifications or experience with 8,8% (males 7,9%, females 9,6%), family reasons or caring responsibilities with 2,2% (males 0,5%, females 4,0%), other reasons with 1,7% (males 1,9%, females 1,6%), personal reasons with 1,0% (males 0,5%, females 1,4%) and lack or poor transportation to and from workplace with 0,7% (males 0,3%, females 1,0%).

(f) 66,8% of the population who do not work mentioned that a reason exists not related to health which might cause limitations in the work they could do (males 61,9%, females 69,9%). The main reasons stated were: lack of appropriate job opportunities with 20,4% (males 27,4%, females 16,0%), lack of qualifications or experience with 16,1% (males 16,4%, females 16,0%), family reasons or caring responsibilities with 13,0% (males 0,3%, females 21,0%), other reasons with 8,7% (males 10,6%, females 7,4%) and personal reasons with 6,4% (males 4,3%, females 7,7%).


The report is available for sale at the Government Printing Office in Nicosia at the price of €13,50 per copy. The report is also available in electronic form at the website of the Statistical Service.


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