From the 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) . This transfer mirrored the position in Great Britain where most business surveys and labour market data collection and statistical production have been transferred from the departments with policy responsibilities to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, it is important to note that there are no planned changes to the production of economic and labour market statistical publications and outputs as a result of the transfer.
Under the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (Amended 8 October 2006) companies are only legally required to notify the Department of impending redundancies of 20 or more employees, as detailed below.
While the figures provided are likely to be an underestimate of total job losses, it is not possible to quantify the extent of the shortfall. Subject to the criteria mentioned above, employers must notify the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment of (a) redundancies proposed and (b) redundancies confirmed. Since all proposed redundancies do not actually take place, the confirmed total provides a better indication of real job losses. Proposed redundancies are notified to the Department using the Advance Notification - HR1 Form. Redundancies do not necessarily equate to job losses, for example, employees who do not qualify for a redundancy package, those on temporary contracts, will not be incorporated into the redundancy figures. The Northern Ireland Redundancy data by Northern Ireland sub- region and job sector are available in excel spreadsheet format as detailed in the table below.
[ 18-03-2009 ] Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (Amended 8 October 2006)
|Regional Redundancy data||File Size|
|District Council (Jan 2000 - date)||33.0KB|
|Parliamentary Constituency (Jan 2000 - date)||29.0KB|
|Travel-to-Work Area (Jan 2000 - date)||29.0KB|
|Standard Industrial Classification (Jan 2000 - date)||70.0KB|