During the 12 month period from October 2016 to September 2017, the average total number of employers in Iceland was 17,342 and the average number of employees was 186,300. This is an increase of 659 (4.0%) employers and 8,600 (4.8%) employees compared to the period from October 2015 to September 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.

Table 1: Number of employers and employees in selected activities¹
  Employers Employees September
  Sept. 2017 2016 2017 Change %
           
All activities 17,367 183,100 189,900 6,800 4
Fisheries (NACE no. 031, 103) 528 9,300 8,900 -500 -5
Manufacturing except fish processing (NACE no. 10-33 except 102) 1,039 17,500 17,400 -100 -1
Construction (NACE no. 41-43) 2,631 11,200 12,800 1,600 14
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (NACE no. 45-47) 2,311 26,600 27,500 900 3
Financial and insurance activities (NACE no. 64-66) 398 6,400 6,400 0 0
Public administration, compulsory social security and education (NACE no. 84-85) 566 39,400 40,200 700 2
Human health and social work activities  (NACE no. 86-88) 1,103 16,100 16,900 800 5
Tourism industries (NACE no. 491, 4932, 4939, 501, 503, 511, 551-553, 561, 563, 771, 7721, 79)  1,858 26,500 28,500 2,000 8
High technology manufacturing and services (NACE no. 20, 254, 26-30, 325, 53, 58, 60-63, 72) 898 13,000 13,200 200 1
Creative industries (NACE no. 3212, 58-60, 6201-6202, 7021, 7111, 731, 741-743, 8552, 90, 9101-9102) 1,555 9,300 9,200 -100 -1
¹ A detailed description of theese activities can be found in the metadata          

Causes of error and revision of statistics
The aforementioned figures are preliminary. Having income data as the source, there is a risk of underestimating the latest figures when employers do not submit 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.

Previously published statistics on employers and employees 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 August 2017 is now estimated as 17,674 and the total number of employees is estimated as 197,600. The number of employees increased by 7,700 (4.1%) from August 2016 to August 2017.

In October 2017 , the number of employers and employees in August 2017 was estimated as 17.511 and 197.200, respectively. The number of employees was then estimated to have increased by 7,300 (3.9%) from August 2016 to August 2017.

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 for the period 2002-2016.

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 within-year variations.

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