Business Register and Employment Survey

The Business Register and Employment Survey is a survey of employers in Northern Ireland.

BRES 2016 published 14th December 2017

  • The total number of employee jobs in Northern Ireland in September 2016 was 739,615, consisting of 82% in the Services industry, 11% in the Manufacturing industry, 4% in the Construction industry and 3% in the ‘Other’ industry.
  • Employee jobs increased by 10,683 (1.5%) since September 2015.  This growth was driven mainly by an increase in employee jobs in the Services industry which was responsible for 78% of the total increase.
  • Construction jobs increased by 5% (1,644 jobs) over the year to September 2016.
  • There was a larger increase in full-time jobs (7,257) than part-time jobs (3,425).  However at 1.5% and 1.3% respectively the rate of increase was similar.
  • Between September 2015 and September 2016, there was a 2% decrease in jobs in the public sector (-4,803 jobs) and a 3% rise in jobs in the private sector (15,485 jobs).
  • The number of employee jobs in the public sector has fallen below 200,000 for the first time since 2001.
  • The proportion of jobs in the public sector was 27% in 2016.  This is the lowest proportion reported since public/private employee jobs figures were first published in 1997 when the proportion of public sector jobs was 34%.
  • Seven district councils recorded an increase in the number of employee jobs since 2015, excluding agriculture, the largest increase was in Antrim and Newtownabbey (4,251 jobs or 8%) to 60,188 jobs.
  • Four district councils recorded a decrease in the number of employee jobs since 2015, the largest decrease was in Belfast (-1,704 jobs or -1%).

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