Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service



13/07/2009
New Publication: Labour Force Survey, 2008
13/07/2009



The Statistical Service announces that it has published the report “Labour Force Survey” for 2008. 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 “The labour market situation of migrants and their immediate descendants”.

The main findings of the survey are the following:

(a) The labour force (i.e. the employed and unemployed persons) amounted to 397.374 persons in 2008 consisting of 55,2% men and 44,8% women.

(b) The employed persons reached 382.852 and the employment rate for persons aged 15-64 years old was 70,9 %. The corresponding rate for males stood at 79,2 % while that for females was much lower at 62,9%. 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 (37,1%) of the workforce have completed tertiary education and 39,7% completed upper secondary education.

(d) About 30 thousand persons or 7,8% of the employed worked on a part-time basis and 35,7% of these reported that they work on a part-time basis for personal or family reasons while 26,7% reported that they could not find a full-time job.

(e) 4,2% of the working population or about 16 thousand persons reported having a second job and a large proportion of these (30,8%) chose agriculture as a sideline.

(f) The unemployment rate amounted to 3,7% of the labour force, which was lower for males 3,2% and higher for females 4,2%. The highest rate of unemployment was observed among young persons below 25 years of age where it accounted for 9,0% of the labour force of the same age group.

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

43,1% of the Cypriots aged 15-74 born abroad and whose age at arrival in Cyprus was 15 years old or more stated accompanying a member of the family / family reunification, as the main reason for migrating to Cyprus. 23,2% stated family formation as the main reason for migrating to Cyprus, 11,3% for other reasons (e.g. for retirement, for the climate, for health reasons etc), 10,9% for employment, and found a job before migrating while 9,4% for employment, and came to find a job in Cyprus but not before migrating.

31,7% of the European Union nationals (other than Cypriots) aged 15-74 born outside Cyprus and whose age at arrival in Cyprus was 15 years old or more stated employment, and came to find a job in Cyprus, as the main reason for migrating to Cyprus. 23,9% stated for accompanying a member of the family as the main reason for migrating, 18,5% for other reasons (e.g. for retirement, for the climate, for health reasons etc), 15,4% for employment and found a job before migrating to Cyprus while 8,2% migrated to Cyprus for family formation.

49,5% of third country nationals aged 15-74 born outside Cyprus and whose age at arrival in Cyprus was 15 years old or more stated employment and found a job before migrating as the main reason for migrating to Cyprus. 12,9% stated employment and came to find a job in Cyprus but not before migrating, 12,2% stated international protection (e.g. political refugees, asylum seekers), 12,1% for study while 6,5% stated for accompanying a member of the family / family reunification as the main reason for migrating to Cyprus.

7,3% of the Cypriots aged 15-74 born abroad that work or were seeking employment stated that there was a need to improve their Greek language skills in order to find an appropriate job. The percentages for the European Union nationals as well as for the third country nationals are 17,8% and 34,2% respectively.

64,8% of the Cypriot employed persons aged 15-74 stated that nobody or nobody in Cyprus helped them in finding their current job, 28,7% stated that they received help from friends / relatives living in Cyprus, 3,9% stated that they received other help (e.g. from employers, business contacts, community etc) while 2,5% stated that they were helped by the Public Employment Office in Cyprus in finding their current job.

56,0% of the European Union nationals (other than Cypriots) aged 15-74 who are employed stated that they received help from friends / relatives living in Cyprus in finding their current job, 35,9% stated that nobody or nobody in Cyprus helped them while 5,3% stated other help in Cyprus (e.g. from employers, business contacts, community etc).

45,6% of the third country nationals aged 15-74 who are employed stated that nobody or nobody in Cyprus helped them in finding their current job, 45,4% stated that they were helped by friends / relatives living in Cyprus, 4,2% stated other help in Cyprus (e.g. from employers, business contacts, community etc) while 3,8% stated that they were helped by Private Employment agencies in Cyprus in finding their current job.


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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