Labour market statistics consultation 2019
The Labour Market Statistics Consultation was launched on the 8th of July 2019 and closed on the 16th of August 2019. The consultation gave users the opportunity to comment on our economic activity, jobs, unemployment, redundancies and earnings outputs from the Economic and Labour Market Statistics (ELMS) Branch at NISRA.
Responses to the consultation and a copy of the questionnaire are available to download from the Labour Market Statistics Consultation 2019 page. The views expressed in each response are those of the respondent and do not necessarily reflect NISRA's views. All responses to the consultation are Anonymous.
An overview of the main findings and ELMS response are below
- Users are content that QES is no longer benchmarked to BRES. ELMS will keep the resulting estimates from the two surveys under review but do not plan to benchmark the 2017 and 2019 results.
- There is a user need for detailed industry and area breakdowns of employee jobs. ELMS plan to carry out the large Business Register and Employment Survey every two years but in efforts to reduce burden on business will carry out a smaller survey in the interim years. ELMS will consider whether summary tables rather than a publication are sufficient in the interim years.
- The degree to which Labour Force Survey products are found useful varies. The LFS Religion Report received the highest number of respondents of all the LFS outputs finding it ‘not applicable or not useful’. This is in keeping with the TEO Religion Report user survey in 2019 which asked users the impact of ceasing to publish the bulletin. As such the LFS Religion Report will not be published in 2020.
- Users indicated demand for more bespoke analysis of the Labour Force Survey and the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. ELMS will consider the available resource for this service and will continue to publish the requests on line. Users also requested business vacancy data. ELMS plan to publish vacancy data from the Business Register and Employment Survey in 2020.