The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, through the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE), has conducted the Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2017 from the 16th of October to 12th of November 2017. The main objective of LFS 2017 was to collect the latest information on the size, structure, distribution and characteristics of the labour force, employment, unemployment and other economic characteristics of the population, which will be used to assist in the planning, research, policy-making and management concerning the labour force in the country.

The survey covered about 3,200 selected households throughout the country using a systematic sampling method and data obtained were extrapolated according to the sampling weights to represent the total population of Brunei Darussalam. The LFS 2017 results showed that there was a total of about 81,100 households and 328,500 persons aged 15 years and above.

The Report of Summary Findings of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2017 showed that the labour force participation rate for 2017 was 62.7 per cent, where the rate for males was considerably higher at 68.9 percent than females at 56.5 per cent. The total number of employed persons was 186,900, comprising 55.5 per cent males and 44.5 percent females. Out of the overall total number of employed persons, local workers accounted for the largest share with 74.6 per cent, while 25.4 per cent were non-locals.

The distribution of employed persons by their employment is as follows:

. Employees at 91.1 per cent

. Own-account workers 5.7 per cent

. Employers 2.8 per cent and

. Family workers 0.4 per cent.

75,400 persons or 40.4 percent are employed in the government sector and 111,500 persons or 59.6 percent are in the private sector.

The average monthly income from work was 1,478 dollars per employed person compared to 1,874 dollars in 2014. Local workers earn a higher monthly income of 1,579 dollars, while non-locals earned 1,180 dollars per month on average.

The total number of unemployed was around 19,200 with an unemployment rate of 9.3 per cent. Out of the unemployed, there were about 8,500 youths aged 15 to 24 years.

JPKE would like to take this opportunity to express their appreciation to the selected households in LFS 2017 for their cooperation throughout the survey period.

Source: Radio Television Brunei