During the 12 month period from September 2016 to August 2017, the average total number of employers in Iceland was 17,293 and the average number of employees was 185,600. This is an increase of 688 (4.1%) employers and 8,700 (4.9%) employees compared to the period from September 2015 to August 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 August
  August 2017 2016 2017 Change %
           
All activities 17,511 189,900 197,200 7,300 4
Fisheries (NACE no. 031, 103) 648 9,800 9,300 -600 -6
Manufacturing except fish processing (NACE no. 10-33 except 102) 1,044 17,900 17,800 -100 0
Construction (NACE no. 41-43) 2,608 11,600 13,200 1,600 14
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (NACE no. 45-47) 2,305 26,600 27,800 1,200 5
Financial and insurance activities (NACE no. 64-66) 401 6,600 6,800 100 2
Public administration, compulsory social security and education (NACE no. 84-85) 554 42,400 42,600 200 0
Human health and social work activities  (NACE no. 86-88) 1,089 16,400 16,900 400 3
Tourism industries (NACE no. 491, 4932, 4939, 501, 503, 511, 551-553, 561, 563, 771, 7721, 79)  1,926 28,100 30,500 2,400 8
High technology manufacturing and services (NACE no. 20, 254, 26-30, 325, 53, 58, 60-63, 72) 894 13,300 13,500 200 1
Creative industries (NACE no. 3212, 58-60, 6201-6202, 7021, 7111, 731, 741-743, 8552, 90, 9101-9102) 1,538 9,100 9,100 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 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.

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 July 2017 is now estimated as 17,537 and the total number of employees is estimated as 198,600. The number of employees increased by 8,500 (4.5%) from July 2016 to July 2017.

In September 2017, the number of employers and employees in July 2017 was estimated as 17.185 and 197.800, respectively. The number of employees was then estimated to have increased by 7,700 (4.0%) from July 2016 to July 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. 

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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