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.

New feature: Scroll through our scrollytelling article to see how earnings have changed in Northern Ireland over the last 20 years, and more specifically, how furlough has impacted earnings in the most recent 2 years.

Latest results published 26 October 2021

The key points from the 'Employee earnings in NI 2021' show that:

  • Median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees (“weekly earnings”) in April 2021 were £575, an increase of 8.8% from £529 in 2020. This is the largest annual increase in weekly earnings on record, however it follows the largest annual decrease on record (-1.1% in the year to April 2020).
  • Real weekly earnings increased by 7.0%. This is the largest increase in real earnings on record, following a decrease of 2.0% last year.
  • In the UK, weekly earnings were £611, an increase of 4.3% from 2020 (£586). Real UK weekly earnings increased by 2.6% over the year.
  • Median annual earnings increased by 1.7% for all full-time employees in NI over the year to £29,000, but remained lower than the UK median of £31,000. The highest 10% of earners in NI earned approximately £53,000 and above.


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
  6. All tables based on Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2020

Earnings and Employees Study (EES) 2011

The Earnings and Employees Study (EES) 2011 links together variables from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2011 with variables from the Census of Population and Housing 2011, and Capital Value data from the Land and Property Services. 

Access to the EES dataset is limited to researchers and research teams with accredited researcher status under the Digital Economy Act (DEA) and subject to approval by each of the data providers and the UK Statistics Authority Research Accreditation Panel (RAP).

Further information on the application process is available here.

Data Visualisation

  1. Scroll through our scrollytelling article to see how earnings have changed and how furlough has impacted it
    Earnings distribution chart
    Click here for our scrollytelling article
  2. Explanation of gender pay gap
  3. Why we use the median in earnings statistics

Pension Results

The provisional results from the pensions element of the Northern Ireland ASHE 2021 were published on 20th April 2022.

ASHE interactive maps
Click here for interactive earnings map

Geographically data refers to place of work.


NI ASHE Background Information

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Contacts for Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Ashleigh Warwick
Telephone: 028 9025 5174
Twitter: @NISRA