During a span of nine years (2010-2019), female employment increased by 52%, and, in 2019, there were a total of 107,123 women in employment, which in turn contributed to 43% of the total increase in employment during the period between July 2018 and July 2019.
Minister for Education and Employment Owen Bonnici gave this overview during a visit he undertook at the main Jobsplus offices in Ħal Far, in preparation for Women’s Day, which will take place next Sunday.
“It is thanks to positive schemes, such as the free childcare scheme, the youth guarantee, the work programme, training schemes, and many others, that we saw a labour market activation and re-entry of women in employment. As a government, we are committed to further creating job possibilities and opportunities for the benefit of our citizens,” Minister Bonnici said.
Dr Bonnici explained that, “In addition to the recent economic favourable conditions, the Active Labour Market measures, commonly referred to as the Making Work Pay Initiatives, which were introduced in 2014 and continued to date, had a very positive impact on attracting women into the labour market.”
Jobsplus is the national employment agency, tasked with providing easier access to jobs and the employment market, for the benefit of both the employer and the employee.
In effect, the Maltese labour market in 2019 saw a continuation of recent past trends, including an increase in employment levels, and lower levels of registered unemployment. July of 2019 also saw a 5% increase of persons in employment when compared to the same period in the previous years, with employment in the private sector going up to 171,209, or a 6.5 percentage increase when compared to the same period in 2018.
The total number of persons in employment (both full time and part time) is 257,401 as of 2019.