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.Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings Latest Results - Published 14th March 2014
The key points of the pension results from the Northern Ireland ASHE 2013 show that:
- The proportion of employees in Northern Ireland who belonged to a workplace pension scheme was in steady decline from 2004 but remained stable from 2012 to 2013 at 44%.
- Around 31% per cent of Northern Ireland employees in 2013 had a defined benefit occupational pension, a figure which remains unchanged from that recorded for 2012.
- In 2013, approximately 81% of public sector employees and 23% of private sector employees were members of a workplace pension scheme.
- Age is a key factor affecting workplace pension scheme membership. Less than 4% of employees aged 18-21 and around 27% aged 22-29 were members in 2013. This is in contrast to the 55% of employees aged 40-49 and 60% for 50-59 year olds who were members of a pension scheme in 2013.
- There was a higher percentage of workplace pension participation amongst full-time employees, with 53% members of workplace pension schemes, compared with 26% of part-time employees.
- Those in professional occupations were most likely to have a pension, with around 75% membership of workplace pension schemes in 2013, similar to the 74% in 2012.
- Those employed in public administration and defence were most likely to have a pension. Around 91% of employees in this industrial sector had a workplace pension in 2013.