Work Quality in Northern Ireland 22/23

Date published: 27 February 2024

The latest work quality in Northern Ireland statistical publication was released today and provides analysis by age, sex, deprivation quintile, and skill level for eleven work quality indicators sourced from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); earnings above Real Living Wage, secure employment, neither under nor over employed, job satisfaction, meaningful work, career progression, employee involvement in decision-making, flexible work, line manager support, skill level, and bullying and harassment.

Key points

  • In 2023, three new indicators were introduced focusing on bullying and harassment, line manager support, and skill level.
  • Most indicators showed a significant increase from 2020, with only small increases in job satisfaction and meaningful work.
  • Job security has consistently been the most attainable indicator, while flexible working has generally been the least achievable.
  • Males report significantly higher proportions in six out of the eleven indicators, however, the largest difference between male and female employees was in flexible working (15pps), with considerably more female employees reporting flexible work than male employees.
  • A significantly higher proportion of employees aged 18 to 39 reported good opportunities for career progression in comparison to those aged 40 and over.
  • Employees in the least deprived areas generally reported higher proportions in most indicators, especially in earning at least the real living wage.

The statistical bulletin and associated tables are available on the Work Quality in Northern Ireland page

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