Employment fell 2.7% in fourth quarter of 2009

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Employment fell 2.7% in fourth quarter of 2009A sample survey among construction enterprises in the fourth quarter of 2009 revealed that employment fell by 2.7 per cent when compared to the previous quarter.

Quarterly comparison

During the fourth quarter of 2009, employment figures declined by 2.7 per cent when compared to the previous quarter of 2009. Underpinning this result was a decline in employment in construction of buildings and specialised construction activities. In contrast, employment in civil engineering rose marginally over the previous quarter. Quarter-on-quarter analysis revealed that wages and salaries rose slightly in the civil engineering and specialised construction activities sectors. Wages and salaries in the construction of buildings sector fell by 2.7 per cent. Overall, hours worked in the construction industry fell by 2.9 per cent.

Annual comparison

The survey revealed that year-on-year employment fell by 10.4 per cent as a result of a decline in the construction of buildings and specialised construction activities sectors. On the other hand, employment rose in the civil engineering sector.

During the period under review, wages and salaries declined by 5.4 per cent as a result of a drop in respect of the construction of buildings sector. On the other hand, wages and salaries in the civil engineering sector rose, with no change observed in the specialised construction activities. Similarly, hours worked declined by 9.9 per cent on account of a drop in hours performed in the construction of buildings and specialised construction activities. On the other hand, working time in the civil engineering sector rose by 8.2 per cent when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2008.

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