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.

Latest Results - Published 25 October 2018

The key points from the Northern Ireland ASHE 2018 show that:

  • Median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees (“weekly earnings”) in April 2018 were £521, an increase of 4.2% from £500 in 2017. This is the largest increase recorded since 2015 (5.4%).
  • When adjusted for inflation, weekly earnings increased by 2.0%, following a decrease in real earnings last year.
  • In the UK, weekly earnings were £569, an increase of 3.5% from 2017 (£550). This is the largest increase in 10 years. When adjusted for inflation, UK weekly earnings increased by 1.2%, which, similar to NI, followed a decrease in real earnings last year.
  • Northern Ireland experienced, along with West Midlands, the largest increase (4.2%) in weekly earnings of the 12 UK regions, which all saw an increase over the year, and improved from third lowest earning region last year to fifth lowest in April 2018.
  • Private sector weekly earnings increased by 4.5% over the year, while public sector weekly earnings decreased by 0.3%. Private sector weekly earnings (£465) were 25% lower than public sector earnings (£621).

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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. All tables in Open Document Spreadsheet (ODS) format

Pension Results

The provisional results from the pensions element of the Northern Ireland ASHE 2018 were published on 12th April 2019.

ASHE interactive maps
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Geographically data refers to place of work.


NI ASHE Background Information

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