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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Latest results published 29 October 2019

The key points from the Northern Ireland ASHE 2019 show that:

  • Weekly earnings increased over the year to April 2019 in nominal (3.3%) and real terms (1.2%) to £535
  • In the UK, weekly earnings were £585, an increase of 2.9% from 2018 (£568). Real UK weekly earnings increased by 0.9% over the year
  • Private sector weekly earnings increased by 3.4% over the year, while public sector weekly earnings increased by 0.7%. Public sector weekly earnings (£625) were 31% higher than private sector earnings (£479)
  • Median hourly earnings (excluding overtime) for full-time females (£13.13) was 2.9% greater than those for full-time males (£12.76). NI remains the only region in the UK where full-time females earn more per hour on average than full-time males


Detailed Results

  1. Headline statistics for Northern Ireland
  2. Industry, occupation, age, public/private sector and skill level
  3. NI geographies, by place of work and place of residence
  4. Low pay analysis
  5. All tables in Open Document Spreadsheet (ODS) format

HMRC PAYE RTI earnings

Experimental Median monthly earnings from HMRC PAYE Real Time Information System was published on 15th September 2020. The key points were:

  • Median monthly pay increased by 0.3% (£5) over the quarter to June to £1,706 and was 1.8% higher than same period last year
  • UK median monthly pay decreased by 0.1% over the quarter to June to £1,828
  • Latest UK regional time series

Data Visualisation

Earnings distribution chart

Explanation of gender pay gap

Pension Results

The provisional results from the pensions element of the Northern Ireland ASHE 2019 were published on 4th March 2020.

ASHE interactive maps
Click here for interactive earnings map

Geographically data refers to place of work.


NI ASHE Background Information

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