Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service



13/06/2014
New Publication: Labour Force Survey, 2013

The Statistical Service announces that it has published the report “Labour Force Survey” for 2013. 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 445.938 persons in 2013 consisting of 52,5% men and 47,5% women.

(b) The employed persons reached 375.107 and the employment rate for persons aged 20-64 years old was 67,1%. The corresponding rate for males stood at 72,6 % while that for females was much lower at 62,2%. 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 (43,2%) of the workforce have completed tertiary education and 39,2% completed upper secondary education.

(d) 47.524 persons or 12,7% of the employed worked on a part-time basis and 52,7% of these reported that they could not find a full-time job while 14,6% reported that they work on a part-time basis for other reasons.

(e) 2,8% of the working population or 10.435 persons reported having a second job also and a large proportion of these (25,2%) chose agriculture as a sideline.

(f) The unemployment rate amounted to 15,9% of the labour force, which was lower for females 15,2% and higher for males 16,5%. The highest rate of unemployment was observed among young persons below 25 years of age where it accounted for 38,9% of the labour force of the same age group.

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

(a) 1,4% of the persons who worked in the past 12 months had one or more work-related accidents while 98,6% did not have any accident at work.

(b) Out of the persons who had a work-related accident, 14,4% had a road traffic accident while 85,6% had an accident other than a road traffic one.

(c) 15.0% of the persons who had a work-related accident, returned to work on the same day as the accident or took no time off, 16,4% took at least 1 day but less than 4 days off work because of the accident, 16,3% took at least 4 days but less than 2 weeks off work, 23,5% took at least 2 weeks but less than 1 month off work, 18,8% took at least 1 month but less than 3 months off work, 8,6% took at least 3 months but less than 6 months off work while 1,4% is still off work and expects never to work again because of the accident.

(d) 7,1% of the persons who work as well as of the persons who had worked in the past had one or more health problems caused or made worse by work during the past 12 months while 92,9% did not have any work-related health problem.

(e) Out of the persons who had a health problem caused or made worse by work during the past 12 months, 35,0% had a bone, joint or muscle problem which mainly affects back, 19,5% had a bone, joint or muscle problem which mainly affects hips, legs or feet, 16,8% had a bone, joint or muscle problem which mainly affects neck, shoulders, arms or hands, 8,5% had heart disease or other problem in the circulatory system while 5,4% had a breathing or lung problem.

(f) 56,6% 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, 18,2% took 1 day but less than 2 weeks off work, 7,6% took 2 weeks but less than 1 month, 6,4% took 1 month but less than 9 months, 10,1% expects never to work again due to this problem while 1,1% is still off work because has not recovered yet.

(g) 16,3% of the persons who work stated difficult work postures or work movements as the work-related factor that could adversely affect their physical health, 13,0% stated risk of accidents, 12,7% stated activities involving strong visual concentration, 6,4% stated handling of heavy loads, 5,3% stated chemicals, dusts, fumes, smoke or gases, 1,2% stated noise or strong vibration while 45,1% did not state any work-related factor that could adversely affect their physical health.

(h) 17,1% of the persons who work stated severe time pressure or overload of work as the work-related factor that could adversely affect their mental well-being, 6,3% stated harassment or bullying, 0,9% stated violence or threat of violence while 75,7% did not state any work-related factor that could adversely affect their mental well-being.


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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