Labour supply: Roughly 1 in 5 residents in Gozo, Comino commute to Malta for work

4th October 2019 

Full-time private sector employees in Malta accounted for 52.2 per cent of total jobs, while 'self-employed' accounted for 8.2 per cent of total jobs. 

Those commuting from Gozo to Malta for work totalled 3,662 according to a Labour Supply news release by the National Statistics Office. It calculated that roughly one in five employed persons residents in the Gozo and Comino region commute to Malta for work.

The Labour Supply news release covers 2016-2018 and is composed of persons in employment and those registering for work. Employment statistics were presented under two different variants: by place of residence and by place of work. Persons working outside their ‘region’ of residence are referred to as commute workers.

Total employed persons (full-time and part-time as a primary job) in Malta and Gozo and Comino regions

There were more people working in Malta than the number of persons resident on the island, whereas the opposite is true for the Gozo and Comino region.

“The difference represents the net balance of commuter workers across the respective regions. Commuter workers were predominantly Gozo and Comino residents working in the Malta region, accounting to 3,662 employed persons during 2018. This implied that approximately one out of every five employed persons resident in Gozo and Comino region worked in the Malta region and 50.1 per cent were females.”

In 2018, the highest proportion of employed persons in Malta were in wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; transportation and storage; accommodation and food services activities and the public administration and defence; compulsory and social security; education; human health and social work activities.

Both Malta and Gozo and Comino regions had the highest proportion of employed persons in the wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; transportation and storage; accommodation and food services activities.

In 2018, Malta residents who worked on a full-time basis reached 196,620, an increase of 6.6 per cent when compared to 2017. The private sector amounted to 78.6 per cent of the total, while the remaining worked in the public sector.

For the same year, Gozo and Comino residents with a full-time job totalled 14,279, reflecting an increase of 7.5 per cent when compared to 2017. The private sector accounted for 60.6 per cent of the total.

Full-time private sector employees in Malta accounted for 52.2 per cent of total jobs, while self-employed individuals accounted for 8.2 per cent of total jobs. For the Gozo and Comino region, 32.9 per cent of total jobs were by individuals working full-time in the private sector, while 12.3 per cent of total jobs were registered to full time self-employed.


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