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.

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) we anticipate that there will be some changes in terms of our regular statistical production. See the COVID-19 and the production of statistics page for more information.

Latest results published 3rd November 2020

The key points from the Northern Ireland ASHE 2020 show that:

  • Median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees in April 2020 decreased by 1% from £535 in 2019 to £529 in 2020; the first annual decrease in weekly earnings since 2014 and the largest decrease on record.
  • UK weekly earnings increased by 0.1% to £586. NI has the second lowest earnings of the UK regions, with weekly earnings £57 below the UK average.
  • Real weekly earnings in NI decreased by 2.0% returning real earnings close to 2010 levels while real UK weekly earnings increased by 0.9% over the year.
  • Median annual earnings increased by 3.2% for all full-time employees in NI over the year to £28,000, but remained lower than the UK median of £31,000. The highest 10% of earners earned approximately £52,000 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

HMRC PAYE RTI earnings

Experimental monthly earnings and employment from HMRC PAYE Real Time Information System was published on 20th April 2021. The key points were:

  • The number of employees receiving pay through HMRC PAYE in NI in February 2021 was 744,300, an increase of 0.2% over the month and a decrease of 1.2% over the year. The flash estimate for March 2021 shows a marginal decrease of less than 0.1% on February’s figure to 744,100.
  • Earnings from the HMRC PAYE indicated that NI employees had a median monthly pay of £1,780 in February 2021, an increase of 0.1% over the month and 4.7% over the year. The flash estimate for March 2021 shows a further 0.7% increase in earnings from February’s figure to £1,792.
  • Latest UK regional time series

Data Visualisation

  1. Earnings distribution chart
  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 2019 were published on 4th March 2020.

ASHE interactive maps
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Geographically data refers to place of work.


NI ASHE Background Information

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