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A 5.1% increase in employed workers, survey reveals

 - Local - Dec 16 SHARE ON:
A 5.1% increase in employed workers, survey reveals

A recent report by the National Statistics Office reveals that during the third quarter of 2022, the Labour Force Survey found that the total number of persons in employment increased by 5.1%.

This translates to around 284,571 persons in employment. This accounts for 62.8% of the population aged 15 and over.

Meanwhile, unemployed persons stood at 8,566, or 1.9%, whereas those inactive soon at 160,078 (35.3%). The activity rate for the same quarter was estimated to be around 79.9%. 

The highest rate was recorded among persons aged 25 to 54 (89.7%). The survey also reports how, on average, 78 out of every 100 persons between the ages of 15 and 64 were employed. 

Male employment rate for this bracket was registered at 83.4%, whereas the female rate stood at 70.8%. The largest share of employed persons was recorded among persons between the ages of 25 and 34. 

Self-employed persons accounted for 15% of all persons with a main job, with the majority of employed persons working on a full time basis amounting to 250,031. 

Meanwhile, a further 34,540 persons had a part-time job as their primary employment. The results show that, on average, full timers worked 40.9 hours whereas part timers worked 23.0 hours per week.

During the 3rd quarter of 2022, employed persons worked 32.4 hours per week, which is 1.1 hours less when compared to the previous year. 

When it comes to salary, the average monthly basic income of employees for the third quarter of 2022 was estimated to be at €1,763. The highest basic salary was recorded in the Financial and Insurance Activities sector. The average monthly salaries varied from €1,155 among those employed in elementary occupations to €2,753 among managers. 

More than 40% of persons ged 15 and over had attained a low level of education. By comparison, 33% of the employed had a tertiary level of education. 

The unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2022 stood at 2.9%. Females accounted for 58.7% of total inactive persons, and those over 65 years made up the highest share of the inactive. 

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Today is set to be the warmest December day in over 60 years

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Today is set to be the warmest December day in over 60 years

It might be officially winter but, according to Facebook weather page ‘It-Temp Madwarna’, today is set to be the hottest December day in 60 years. 

According to various portals, the 16th of December 2022 will be bringing in warm temperatures, with the highest being around 24°C and the lowest 14°C. 

Temperatures are set to feel like 25°C and 13°C as per highest and lowest respectively. The day will reportedly remain sunny to kick off a rather cloudy weekend. 

Winds are set to be as strong as Force 4 or 5, but will decrease throughout the day. This year saw various European countries, Malta included, experiencing extreme bouts of heat even during the normally colder seasons. 


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WATCH: Siggiewi dancing LED lights break record with 2310 bulbs

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WATCH: Siggiewi dancing LED lights break record with 2310 bulbs

A new record was broken by Siġġiewi’s ‘Grupp al-Armar 6 ta’ Dicembru’ through a roof made out of dancing LED lights. With a total of 2310 light bulbs, the roof spanned a length of 33.50m and a width of 17 metres. 

 

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The LED lights were made to shine in synchronicity with various musical pieces, giving a light show for the locals and fulfilling the goals of the people behind the record breaking. 


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Bernice Cassar shooter called victim’s father to tell him: “I killed your daughter”

 - Local - Dec 15 SHARE ON:
Bernice Cassar shooter called victim's father to tell him: "I killed your daughter"

During the compilation of evidence against Roderick Cassar, it was revealed that the shooter called the victim’s father to tell him that he killed his daughter and that the children will end up in a children’s home.

Cassar is being charged with the murder of Bernice Cassar, who was killed by a gunshot to her face by her estranged husband in Paola on November 22nd.

Police inspector Shaun Pawney testified in court that the shooter called the victim’s father to tell him that he killed his daughter and the kids would end up in a children’s hope. He went on to state that the victim was heard crying for help moments before the murder while the shooter told drivers to drive on.

Police constable Charmaine Fenech, who is stationed in the Zurrieq police station, stated that Cassar did not have any firearms licensed under his name.

On the report made by Bernice Cassar on the eve of the murder, Magistrate Joe Mifsud stated the following:

“You’re telling me a lot of things that happened on the day of the homicide, yet, no one has given me an explanation of what steps were taken on the report made by Bernice the night before she was killed. I want to know what follow up was made on this, and if there was a chance that this person’s murder could have been avoided.”

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