During the 12 month period from November 2016 to October 2017, the average total number of employers in Iceland was 17,411 and the average number of employees was 186,900. This is an increase of 642 (3.8%) employers and 8,400 (4.7%) employees compared with the period from November 2015 to October 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 October
  Oct. 2017 2016 2017 Change %
           
All activities   17,335 180,400 186,900 6,500 4
Fisheries (NACE no. 031, 102) 481 9,100 8,900 -200 -3
Manufacturing except fish processing (NACE no. 10-33 except 102) 1,039 17,300 17,200 -100 -1
Construction (NACE no. 41-43) 2,660 11,300 12,900 1,500 14
Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (NACE no. 45) 487 3,300 3,500 100 3
Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (NACE no. 46) 979 8,700 8,800 100 2
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (NACE no. 47) 858 14,400 15,100 800 5
Public administration, compulsory social security and education (NACE no. 84-85) 569 39,000 39,900 900 2
Human health and social work activities (NACE no. 86-88) 1,124 16,000 16,100 200 1
Tourism industries (NACE no. 491, 4932, 4939, 501, 503, 511, 551-553, 561, 563, 771, 7721, 79) 1,783 25,000 26,800 1,700 7
High technology manufacturing and services (NACE no. 20, 254, 26-30, 325, 53, 58, 60-63, 72) 908 12,800 13,100 200 2
Creative industries (NACE no. 3212, 58-60, 6201-6202, 7021, 7111, 731, 741-743, 8552, 90, 9101-9102) 1,580 9,200 9,200 0 0
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 September 2017 is now estimated as 17,693 and the total number of employees is estimated as 190,800. The number of employees increased by 7,700 (4.2%) from September 2016 to September 2017.

In November 2017, the number of employers and employees in September 2017 was estimated as 17.367 and 189.900, respectively. The number of employees was then estimated to have increased by 6,800 (3.7%) from September 2016 to September 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 continuous labour force survey (LFS). 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 on both employees and self-employed, and only people who are permanently living in Iceland are included in the sample. Hence, 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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