Since Robert Abela took over as Prime Minister, employment has increased by more than 70,000. According to data published by the National Statistics Office (NSO), between December 2019 and August 2023 – the last month for which information is available – there was an increase of 45,000 full-time and 25,000 part-time jobs.
Of the 45,000 additional full-time jobs, only 2,600 – or one in 17 new jobs – were within the public sector. Statistics show that two-thirds of the increase in public sector employment was in education and health. What a far cry from the propaganda of the Nationalist Party, that employment growth is mostly the result of cushy government jobs for Labour supporters.
Looking at the private sector, under Robert Abela the fastest growing demand for workers was in the professional and administrative services, which generated a third of the increase in full-time jobs. Full-time employment within the financial services sector has increased by 25% since the change in the government’s leadership. According to the Nationalists, this sector is undergoing an exodus of firms. A similar increase, in percentage terms, was also observed in the information and communication sector. Even manufacturing has seen a strong boost, with an increase of almost 1,500 full-timers.
Since Robert Abela became Prime Minister, in Gozo there has been an increase of 20% in employment, or almost 2,800 people working full-time. This is in addition to an increase of more than 1,500 part-timers.
All this shows how much job-rich the recent economic growth has been, leading to more opportunities for all.