About National Statistics - Protocols & Compliance
'National Statistics' is a quality marker applied to certain of the United Kingdom's official statistics.
Statistics labelled as 'National Statistics' must meet certain criteria. They should, for example, be fit for purpose, methodologically sound, politically independent and transparently produced. All National Statistics are produced in accordance with the 'UK Statistics Authority's Code of Practice for Official Statistics'and comply with the principles enbodied in the 'National Code of Practice for Official Statistics'. They are reviewed every five years for quality.
Click on the link below to view NISRA National Statistics Online:
Click on the link below to view the UK Statistics Authority's code of Practice for Official Statistics:
Click on the link below to view details of National Statistics Protocols:
To view the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment's Statement of Compliance in relation to the 'Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order (Northern Ireland) 2009', please click on the link below:
The complete list of DETI official statistics to which the 'Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order (Northern Ireland) 2009' applies, along with details of those receiving pre-release access, can be obtained via the following link:
Statement of early pre-release access to DETI statistics.
Information on exceptions to standard pre-release access procedures are available through the link below.
Survey Compliance Costs
The UK Code of Practice for Official Statistics requires all producers of National and Official statistics to report annually the estimated costs of responding to statistical surveys and to develop ways of reducing costs to individual organisations or people. From 1st April 2011, the responsibility for the collection of data and production of official statistics on the labour market and economy transferred from DETI to NISRA, an agency of the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP). The latest NISRA report on compliance costs for the Northern Ireland Departments is available at:
If required, more detailed compliance cost breakdowns for DETI can be obtained by contacting the Economic & Labour Market Statistics Branch on 028 90 529 403.
A copy of the last published DETI ‘Annual Report on Statistical Surveys to Business - Compliance and Quality Improvement Plan’, is available at:
DETI Statistics Revisions Policy
Statement of Administrative Sources
The following document lists the administrative systems currently utilised by DETI in the production of official statistics.
Assessment of Labour Market Statistics for Northern Ireland
In March 2010, the UK Statistics Authority published its findings on the assessment of labour market statistics for Northern Ireland. The assessment report, and its findings, can be found via the following link:
In response to the five requirements listed in the Assessment Report for Northern Ireland Statistics, DETI has implemented the following action plan:
Breach of the code of practice for official statistics
In January 2014, three individuals who were not on the pre-release access list for NI labour market figures received one unpublished figure the day before publication, as a result of a forwarded email.
In June 2011, internet tables containing Northern Ireland Claimant Count and Redundancy data were accidentally released early to the public. Details of this breach in release practices can be viewed via the link below.