Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service



22/09/2008
NEW PUBLICATION: LABOUR FORCE SURVEY, 2007
22/09/2008



The Statistical Service announces that it has published the report “Labour Force Survey” for 2007. 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 “Accidents at work and work-related health problems”.

The main findings of the survey are the following:

(a) The labour force (i.e. the employed and unemployed persons) amounted to 393.377 persons in 2007 consisting of 55,1% men and 44,9% women.

(b) The employed persons reached 377.948 and the employment rate for persons aged 15-64 years old was 71,0 %. The corresponding rate for males stood at 80,0 % while that for females was much lower at 62,4%. Both rates, however, are among the highest in the European Union.

(c) The labour force of Cyprus has a relatively high educational background since more than one-third (35,4%) of the workforce have completed tertiary education and 40,1% completed upper secondary education.

(d) About 27 thousand persons or 7,3% of the employed worked on a part-time basis and 38,3% of these reported that they work on a part-time basis for other personal or family reasons while 26,9% reported that they could not find a full-time job.

(e) 4,3% of the working population or about 16 thousand persons reported having a second job and a large proportion of these (36,8%) chose agriculture as a sideline.

(f) The unemployment rate amounted to 3,9% of the labour force, which was lower for males 3,4% and higher for females 4,6%. The highest rate of unemployment was observed among young persons below 25 years of age where it accounted for 10,2% of the labour force of the same age group.

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

2,7% of the persons who worked in the past 12 months had one work-related accident, 0,3% had two or more while 97,0% did not have any accident at work

Out of the persons who had a work-related accident, 11,5% had a road traffic accident while 88,5% had an accident other than a road traffic one.

29,2% of the persons who had a work-related accident, returned to work on the same day as the accident or took no time off, 27,1% returned to work from the first but before the fifth day after the accident, 23,4% returned to work from the fifth day but before 1 month after the accident while 14,6% returned to work from 1 but before 3 months after the accident.

7,2% of the persons who work as well as of the persons who had worked in the past had one health problem caused or made worse by work during the past 12 months, 1,9% had two or more while 90,9% did not have any work-related health problem.

Out of the persons who had a health problem caused or made worse by work during the past 12 months, 29,2% had a bone, joint or muscle problem which mainly affects back, 15,2% had a bone, joint or muscle problem which mainly affects hips, legs or feet, 14,6% had a bone, joint or muscle problem which mainly affects neck, shoulders, arms or hands, 9,4% had a breathing or lung problem while 8,9% had a heart disease or other problem in the circulatory system.

27,3% of the persons who had a health problem caused or made worse by work during the past 12 months, took less than one day or no time off from work, 24,0% took 1 day but less than 2 weeks off work while 10,9% expects never to work again due to this problem.

25,9% of the persons who work stated time pressure or work overload as the work-related factor that could adversely affect their mental well-being, 15,9% stated harassment or bullying, 0,5% stated violence, threat of violence or any other harassment while 57,7% did not state any work-related factor that could adversely affect their mental well-being.

19,0% of the persons who work stated difficult work postures/ work movements or handling of heavy loads as the factor that could adversely affect their physical health, 17,5% stated risk of accidents, 8,4% stated chemicals, dusts, fumes, smoke or gases, 3,2% stated noise or vibration while 51,9% did not state any work-related factor that could adversely affect their physical health.

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 from on the website of the Statistical Service.










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