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 From 2012, the Standard Occupational Classification 2000 (SOC2000) used for ASHE has been replaced by the Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC2010).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
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has postponed the publication of the revised 2012 and provisional 2013 results of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, which were due to be published on Wednesday 20th November 2013. The delay is as a result of a data issue which emerged during quality assurance of ONS results, and has been notified by ONS at the link below:
As a result, the Northern Ireland results cannot be published as scheduled, and will now be released on 12th December 2013.
NI ASHE 2012 Publication
Provisional results from the Northern Ireland ASHE 2012 (published 22nd November 2012) are presented in the following Bulletin.
Please note that a correction has been made to this document. This bulletin was first published at 9.30am on 22nd November 2012, but an error was subsequently identified in Table 14 (Page 13), wherein estimates for ‘all employees’ were used instead of estimates for ‘full-time employees’, due to human error. This error was corrected and the revised bulletin was reissued at 6pm on Thursday 22nd November 2012.
NISRA seeks to minimise the need for corrections in its statistical publications. However, where material errors are detected, it undertakes to issue corrections promptly, to alert key stakeholders and to provide an explanation.
NI ASHE Questionnaire
Samples of the questionnaires used for NI ASHE 2012 and 2013 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 (1997-2012)
|Table Name||Description||File Size|
|Table 1.1||ASHE 2012 (SOC2010 basis, provisional)||62KB|
|Table 1.2||ASHE 2012 Coefficients of Variation, provisional||62KB|
|Table 1.3||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis, revised)||64KB|
|Table 1.4||ASHE 2011 Coefficients of Variation, revised||62KB|
|Table 1.5||ASHE 2010 (SOC2000 basis)||54KB|
|Table 1.6||ASHE 2009||52KB|
|Table 1.7||ASHE 2008||165KB|
|Table 1.8||ASHE 2007||165KB|
|Table 1.9||ASHE 2006 (consistent with 2007 methodology)||176KB|
|Table 1.10||ASHE 2006 (consistent with 2005 methodology)||168KB|
|Table 1.11||ASHE 2005||52KB|
|Table 1.12||ASHE 2004 (including supplementary information)||52KB|
|Table 1.13||ASHE 2004 (excluding supplementary information)||51KB|
|Table 1.14||ASHE 2003||163KB|
|Table 1.15||ASHE 2002||78KB|
|Table 1.16||ASHE 2001||72KB|
|Table 1.17||ASHE 2000||48KB|
|Table 1.18||ASHE 1999||72KB|
|Table 1.19||ASHE 1998||68KB|
|Table 1.20||ASHE 1997||42KB|
2. ASHE for Northern Ireland by Industry, Occupation, Age, Public/Private Sector and Skill Level, 2012 (provisional) and 2011 (revised)
|Table Name||Description||File Size|
|Table 2.1||ASHE 2012 (SOC2010 basis, provisional) by Industry (SIC2007)||2.14MB|
|Table 2.2||ASHE 2012 (SOC2010 basis, provisional) by Occupation (2-digit SOC2010)||793KB|
|Table 2.3||ASHE 2012 (SOC2010 basis, provisional) by Occupation (4-digit SOC2010)||8.11MB|
|Table 2.4||ASHE 2012 (SOC2010 basis, provisional) by Age||187KB|
|Table 2.5||ASHE 2012 (SOC2010 basis, provisional) by Public/Private Sector||105KB|
|Table 2.6||ASHE 2012 (SOC2010 basis, provisional) by Skill Level||145KB|
|Table 2.7||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis, revised) by Industry (SIC2007)||2.18MB|
|Table 2.8||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis, revised) by Occupation (2-digit SOC2010)||819KB|
|Table 2.9||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis, revised) by Occupation (4-digit SOC2010)||8.21MB|
|Table 2.10||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis, revised) by Age||198KB|
|Table 2.11||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis, revised) by Public/Private Sector||109KB|
|Table 2.12||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis, revised) by Skill Level||154KB|
3. ASHE by Northern Ireland Geographies, by Place of Work and Place of Residence, 2012 (provisional) and 2011 (revised)
4. ASHE for Northern Ireland by Pension Type, by Industry, Occupation and Age, 2012 (provisional) and 2011 (revised)
|Table Name||Description||File Size|
|Table 4.1||ASHE 2012 (SOC2010 basis, provisional) by Pension Type by Industry (SIC2007)||48KB|
|Table 4.2||ASHE 2012 (SOC2010 basis, provisional) by Pension Type by Occupation (2-digit SOC2010)||164KB|
|Table 4.3||ASHE 2012 (SOC2010 basis, provisional) by Pension Type by Age||58KB|
|Table 4.4||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis, revised) by Pension Type by Industry (SIC2007)||50KB|
|Table 4.5||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis, revised) by Pension Type by Occupation (2-digit SOC2010)||165KB|
|Table 4.6||ASHE 2011 (SOC2010 basis, revised) by Pension Type by Age||54KB|
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