During the 12 month period from May 2016 to April 2017, the average total number of employers in Iceland was 17,079 and the average number of employees was 182,800. This is an increase of 790 (4.8%) employers and 8,500 (4.9%) employees compared to the period from May 2016 to April 2016.

It should be noted that these figures do not include information on the self-employed with calculated remuneration, a setup common in construction, agriculture and creative industries.

Number of employers and employees in selected activities
Number of employers and employees in selected activities

Sources of error and revision of statistics

The aforementioned figures are preliminary. Having income data as the source, there is a chance of underestimating the latest figures when employers do not submit their information in a timely manner. Other causes of error include reimbursement to former employees. When new data are published, previous figures are revised. For more information on how figures are revised and the magnitude of recent revisions, please refer to the metadata and the summary of revisions.

Statistics on employers and employees previously published have been revised, taking into account the latest available information on salaries and classification of employers based on their main economic activities.

The number of employers in March 2016 is now estimated as 16,778 and the total number of employees is estimated as 179,100. The number of employees increased by 8,000 (4.7%) from March 2016 to March 2017.

In May 2017, the number of employers and employees in March 2017 were estimated as 16.035 and 177.100, respectively. The number of employees had previously been estimated to have increased by 5,900 (3.4%) from March 2016 to March 2017.

Number of employee

Other statistics on business economy

Statistics Iceland publishes annual income and balance statements of enterprises by activity, based on tax returns, providing a detailed picture of the individual sectors. The latest income statement and balance sheet.

Statistics Iceland conducts a labour force survey (LFS) continuously. The main results (e.g. unemployment) are published monthly and more detailed results (number of full time employees, working hours by industry etc.) are published annually. The labour force survey provides information about both self-employed, and only people who are permanently living in Iceland are included in the sample. Hence, it should be expected that the LFS-figures are not the same as published in this press release. Data on the number of employers and employees should be used mainly as short-time indicators and to provide information on the within-year variations.

First published by Hagstofa Ísland (Iceland Statistics)


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