Business Register and Employment Survey

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

BRES 2020 Published 3rd August 2021

  • The total number of employee jobs in Northern Ireland in September 2020 was 779,053, a decrease of 6,817 jobs (-0.9%) since September 2019.
  • The decrease in employee jobs was driven by a decline in the Service industry which fell by 6,423 jobs (-1.0%).  There were further job losses in Manufacturing, which decreased by 1,958 jobs (-2.2%).
  • The Construction industry increased by 1,093 jobs (3.1%) over the year to September 2020.
  • The number of full-time jobs in Northern Ireland fell by 937 (-0.2%) over the year to September 2020 and the number of part-time jobs fell by 5,880 (-2.2%). 
  • The number of jobs occupied by females fell slightly by 0.3% (-1,276) while male jobs fell by 1.4% (-5,540).
  • Of the 11 District Council areas in Northern Ireland seven saw declines in the number of employee jobs over the year to September 2020.  Belfast (-4,094), Antrim and Newtownabbey (-1,697) and Derry City and Strabane (-1,405) saw the largest decline in jobs while Newry, Mourne and Down (946) and Ards and North Down (843) saw increases over the year.
  • The number of jobs in the private sector decreased by 1.9% (-10,914) while the public sector increased by 2.0% (4,097).

Note: These data were collected on the 7th September 2020, Covid-19 restrictions were in place in Northern Ireland at that time.

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