During the 12 month period from August 2016 to July 2017, the average total number of employers in Iceland was 17,217 and the average number of employees was 185,000. This is an increase of 695 (4.2%) employers and 8,700 (4.9%) employees compared to the period from August 2015 to July 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 July
  July 2017 2016 2017 Change %
           
All activities 17,185 190,200 197,800 7,700 4
Fisheries (NACE no. 031, 103) 642 9,000 8,700 -300 -3
Manufacturing except fish processing (NACE no. 10-33 except 102) 1,026 17,700 17,600 -100 0
Construction (NACE no. 41-43) 2,551 11,400 13,000 1,600 14
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (NACE no. 45-47) 2,281 26,200 27,600 1,400 5
Financial and insurance activities (NACE no. 64-66) 382 6,600 6,700 100 1
Public administration, compulsory social security and education (NACE no. 84-85) 544 45,600 45,000 -600 -1
Human health and social work activities  (NACE no. 86-88) 1,060 16,300 16,700 400 3
Tourism industries (NACE no. 491, 4932, 4939, 501, 503, 511, 551-553, 561, 563, 771, 7721, 79)  1,870 27,500 29,900 2,400 9
High technology manufacturing and services (NACE no. 20, 254, 26-30, 325, 53, 58, 60-63, 72) 866 13,300 13,400 100 1
Creative industries (NACE no. 3212, 58-60, 6201-6202, 7021, 7111, 731, 741-743, 8552, 90, 9101-9102) 1,502 9,100 9,000 -100 -1
¹ A detailed description of theese activities can be found in the metadata          


Sources of error and revision of statistics
The aforementioned figures are preliminary. Having income data as the source, there is a chance 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.

Statistics on employers and employees previously published 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 June 2017 is now estimated as 17,520 and the total number of employees is estimated as 198,200. The number of employees increased by 8,400 (4.4%) from June 2016 to June 2017.
In August 2017, the number of employers and employees in June 2017 was estimated as 17.131 and 196.500, respectively. The number of employees had previously been estimated to have increased by 6,700 (3.5%) from June 2016 to June 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 the within-year variations.

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