Labour Market and Social Welfare

Results of surveys and censuses conducted regarding the Northern Ireland labour market and social welfare.

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Labour Force Survey

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a quarterly sample survey carried out by interviewing people about their personal circumstances and work.

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Claimant Count

The new experimental Claimant Count includes Jobseeker’s Allowance Claimants and those out-of-work Universal Credit claimants who were claiming principally for the reason of being unemployed. 

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Quarterly Employment Survey

The QES provides short-term employee jobs estimates for NI, which are then used by the ONS to feed into the calculation of the quarterly workforce jobs estimates for the UK as a whole.

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Annual Employee Jobs Surveys

Historically, there have been two annual employee jobs surveys; the Census of Employment (CoE) and the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), with each being run on alternate years.

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Under the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) 1996 (Amended 8 October 2006) you are required by law to notify the Department of a proposal to make redundant 20 or more employees.

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Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

The ASHE is a UK wide survey that provides data on hourly, weekly and annual earnings by gender, work patterns, industry and occupation, including public versus private sector pay comparisons.

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Regional analysis and trends

Statistics for various regional divisions of Northern Ireland, such as district council area and parliamentary constituency.

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User requested data

Labour market statistics are published regularly throughout the year. We also produce bespoke tables if users request data that are not already available.

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    Disability Benefits

    Claimant numbers for Disability Benefits

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    Work Related Benefits

    Claimant numbers for Work Related Benefits

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    Employment Programme Statistics

    Statistical publications on The Department for Communities' Employment Programmes

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    Job Vacancies

    Employment Vacancy Statistics notified to The Department for Communities

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    Labour Market Statistics User Engagement

    Information on user events and consultations.

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    Contacts for Labour Market and Social Welfare

    Economic & Labour Market Statistics Branch

    Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
    Colby House
    Stranmillis Court
    BT9 5RR

    Telephone: +44(0)28 9052 9475