In 2nd quarter of 2018, a total of 200,798 individuals on average were employed in Iceland. Of those employed, women were 93,884 or 47.1% and men were 106,914 or 53.2%. The number of employed immigrants was 37,388 on average or 18.6% of the total number of employed.

In 2nd quarter of 2018, the average number of employed each month with a legal residence in Iceland was 194,673, 96.9% of all employees. Thereof, 163,410 employees with a legal residence in Iceland had Icelandic background or 83.9%. Of immigrants, 32,110 had a legal residence in Iceland (85.9%) while 5,278 did not have a legal residence in Iceland (14.1%).

Employees not born in Iceland and whose parents are not born in Iceland, as well as grandparents, are categorized as immigrants according to Statistics Iceland’s classification. Those who do not fall into this category are considered to have an Icelandic background.

The above results are part of a new publication of register based information on employed in the Icelandic Labour Market by Statistics Iceland. The results cover all individuals with income from employment that are reported in the pay as you earn register of the Icelandic tax authorities, including income from jobs, maternity and paternity payments and income of self-employed. The publication encompasses the number of employees by gender, age, background and legal residence. The results are preliminary and can change over time.