2016 Survey of Employment (in establishments with 20 or more workers) Statistics on Agency-Hired Workers (Second of a series)

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Friday, December 29, 2017
This LABSTAT Updates is the 2nd in the series of reports on the results of the employment module of the 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE).
Conducted every two years, the ISLE is a nationwide sample survey covering agricultural and non-agricultural establishments with 20 or more workers. The survey’s reference month is
June of the survey year. The latest survey, 2015/2016 ISLE, covered 12,926 establishments.
This issue presents statistics on: (1) the extent to which firms or establishments across industry groups resort to agency-hired workers to augment their workforce; and (2) the types of
jobs/services outsourced by firms to manpower agencies.
Agency-hired workers refer to workers hired through contractors. In the 2015/2016 ISLE, they are defined as “workers employed by contractors to perform or complete a
job, work or service pursuant to a service agreement within the premises of the establishment”. They are excluded from the establishment’s total employment.
More than half of the total establishments resorted to agency-hired workers
The engagement of agency-hired workers was reported in more than half (54.7% or 17,094) of the estimated 31,277 establishments with at least 20 workers in June 2016. (Table 1)
Across industry groups, the highest proportion ofestablishments with agency-hired workers was posted in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (78.0%) followed by
human health and social work activities except public health activities (64.8%); financial and insurance activities (63.5%); mining and quarrying (62.4%); and manufacturing (61.8%). (Table 2)
Meanwhile, industries with the lowest number of establishments with agency-hired workers were observed in administrative and support services activities (36.8%); and repair of computers
and personal and household goods; other personal service activities (34.2%). (Table 2)
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