From 1st April 2011, the responsibility for the collection of data and production of official labour market and economic statistics transferred from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), an agency of the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP).
The Northern Ireland Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)
The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is a UK wide survey that provides information on hourly, weekly and annual earnings by gender, work patterns, industry and occupation, including public versus private sector pay comparisons.
ASHE replaced the New Earnings Survey (NES) in 2004 and collects information supplementary to that in NES, therefore ASHE results from 2004 onwards cannot be compared directly to data from previous years. ASHE results from 2006 onwards are also discontinuous with earlier results, due to a small number of methodological changes having been introduced into the sample design, to improve the quality of the results. From 2012, the Standard Occupational Classification 2000 (SOC2000) used for ASHE has been replaced by the Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC2010). Since the SOC forms part of the methodology by which ASHE data are weighted to produce estimates for NI, this has caused a further discontinuity in the ASHE time series. Therefore all provisional estimates for 2012 and revised estimates for 2011 are not directly comparable to earlier results.
NI ASHE 2013 Publication
Provisional results from the Northern Ireland ASHE 2013 (published 12th December 2013) are presented in the following Bulletin.
NI ASHE Questionnaire
Samples of the questionnaires used for NI ASHE 2013 and 2012 are provided below. These are for information only and should not be completed.
NI ASHE Revisions
The policy governing the treatment of planned and unplanned revisions to NI ASHE data can be accessed via the link below:
Comments on the NI ASHE may be provided using the form below:
NI ASHE Detailed Results
The tables listed in sections 1 to 4 below link to Excel files containing a range of NI ASHE data.
1. ASHE Headline Statistics for Northern Ireland (1997-2013)
|1.1||ASHE 2013 Headline Results (SOC2010 basis, provisional)||52KB|
|1.2||ASHE 2013 Headline Coefficients of Variation, provisional||50KB|
|1.3||ASHE 2012 Headline Results (SOC2010 basis, revised)||52KB|
|1.4||ASHE 2012 Headline Coefficients of Variation, revised||50KB|
|1.5||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis)||64KB|
|1.6||ASHE 2010 (SOC2000 basis)||54KB|
|1.10||ASHE 2006 (consistent with 2007 methodology)||176KB|
|1.11||ASHE 2006 (consistent with 2005 methodology)||168KB|
|1.13||ASHE 2004 (including supplementary information)||52KB|
|1.14||ASHE 2004 (excluding supplementary information)||51KB|
2. ASHE for Northern Ireland by Industry, Occupation, Age, Public/Private Sector and Skill Level, 2013 (provisional) and 2012 (revised)
3. ASHE by Northern Ireland Geographies, by Place of Work and Place of Residence, 2013 (provisional) and 2012 (revised)
4. ASHE for Northern Ireland by Pension Type, by Industry, Occupation (2-digit SOC2010) and Age, 2012 (provisional) and 2011 (revised)
NI ASHE Public and Private Sector Analysis
Some of the difference between the respective public and private sectors’ earnings figures in NI and the UK are likely due to reflect differences in the composition of the respective workforces. Such differences should be taken into account when making comparisons. Further information on the nature of such differences in 2012 is provided at the following link:
Skill Levels Criteria
Descriptions of the criteria for the classification of occupations into the four skill levels are provided at the following link:
NI ASHE Pensions Analysis
A summary of the NI ASHE 2012 provisional pension results can be accessed via the link below:
Move to Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC2010)
An impact analysis for the Northern Ireland Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings of the move from the Standard Occupational Classification 2000 (SOC2000) to the SOC2010 can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Following assessment by the UK Statistics Authority, the Northern Ireland ASHE statistics were designated as National Statistics on 14th January 2013. The assessment report can be accessed via the following link:
National Statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference. Details of the policy governing the release of new data are available by visiting:
Usage of NI ASHE Data
A summary of usage of the Northern Ireland Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
A summary of the methods adopted throughout the lifecycle of ASHE, including explanations of why particular choices were made, can be accessed via the link below:
ASHE Quality Report
An information paper, issued by the Office for National Statistics, outlining the quality and reliability of ASHE statistics can be accessed via the link below:
Other Northern Ireland Earnings Statistics
Please find below links to the Family Resources Survey and the Survey of Personal Income. These surveys contain earnings information for employees not included in ASHE, and have been included here to give a more complete picture of earnings in the Northern Ireland labour market.
The Economic and Labour Market Statistics Branch confidentiality statement can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service
The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings results can be mapped for Northern Ireland on the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service (NINIS) website. NINIS provides free access to statistical and locational information relating to small areas across Northern Ireland. Information is available across a range of themes including Population, Social and Welfare, Agriculture, Education and Crime. Users will be able to obtain an area profile based on a postcode or by selecting an area to view. NINIS can be accessed at:
Archived NI Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings publications can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Archive data for ASHE