Details of the Survey
It has been running since 1973, with quarterly results published since 1994.
Received a letter?
If you have been selected to take part in the Labour Force Survey please provide us with a telephone number so that we can reach you.
Due to current government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) we are unable to send an interviewer to your address in person to carry out this study. We plan however, to carry out the study over the telephone instead. Please use the secure link below to enter your contact details:
Alternatively you may wish to contact us via telephone on 02890255111.
The information leaflet explains all about the survey in detail. A copy of the letter send to households is also available.
Our interviewers will present their official NISRA ID when they call.
The letter sent to respondents is available in alternative language versions.
The Labour Force Survey is based on a systematic random sample of 780 addresses is drawn each quarter from the Pointer list of domestic addresses. Pointer is the address database for Northern Ireland maintained by Land & Property Services (LPS).
Everyone aged 16 and over is interviewed about a range of questions. Our interviewer will contact the household for 5 occasions every 3 months (either in person or by phone) to find out if anyone's circumstances have changed.
A copy of the questionnaire is available on the LFS survey documents page. Topics include:
|Household and Respondent Characteristics||Government Training Schemes|
|Main Job||Home Workers (Main Job)|
|Sickness Absence||Travel To Work|
|Sickness||Hours Worked (Main Job)|
|Employment Pattern||Union Representation|
|Second Job||Home Workers (Second Job)|
|Looking For Work||Benefit Entitlement|
|Employment 12 Months Ago||Education And Training|
|Health And Injury||Earnings|
Results / Publications
Northern Ireland level results
Results from the Labour Force Survey are published by the Economic & Labour Market Statistics Branch (ELMS) and can be found on the Labour Force Survey page.
UK level results
Results at UK level can be found on the Office for National Statistics website on their Employment and Labour Market page.
Results at a European level can be found on the Eurostat website Eurostat statistics explained pages.
Microdata / Datasets
LFS Datasets (along with the Annual Population datasets) can be found on the ESRC UK data service.
Further Information / Helpful Links
ONS have produced user guides on using LFS Data, providing guidance on the background and methodology of the LFS and is available at the Labour Force Survey user guidance page.
Quality measures (such as sampling errors, response rates, proxy responses, imputation and non response bias) are available at the Labour Force Survey quality measures page.
A list of Labour Force Surveys across the globe is available at the International Labor Organisation Labour Force Surveys page.
For more information on the delivery of the Labour Force Survey please contact Ruth Hewitt:
Telephone: 02890 388432
For more information on the results from the Labour Force Survey please contact Carly Gordon:
Telephone: 02890 255172