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.
Inter Departmental Business Register
The IDBR is a business register which contains information on all businesses in the UK which are VAT registered or operating a PAYE scheme. The register is the sampling frame used for the vast majority of Government statistical surveys to businesses. The IDBR is located in the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Newport but the NI element of the register is maintained by Economic and Labour Market Statistics Branch, NISRA. The IDBR covers most of the economy including the Agriculture, Production and Service sectors in Northern Ireland. It does not, however, include very small businesses which fall below the VAT and PAYE thresholds. IDBR figures inevitably include some enterprises reported as active that were actually de-registered for VAT purposes, or may have closed at the time results were extracted. Similarly, the IDBR will exclude some new start-ups because of delays in notification.
Characteristics of VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses in NI: Facts and Figures from the IDBR
This publication includes information from the Northern Ireland element of the IDBR, along with an estimate of the total number of businesses in Northern Ireland produced by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (GB).
|January 2013||Edition 15 - Facts and Figures from the IDBR||163KB|
|December 2011||Edition 14 - Facts and Figures from the IDBR||160KB|
|December 2010||Edition 13 - Facts and Figures from the IDBR||126KB|
|December 2009||Edition 12 - Facts and Figures from the IDBR||130KB|
|June 2009||Edition 11 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||138KB|
|June 2008||Edition 10 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||111KB|
|June 2007||Edition 9 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||269KB|
|May 2006||Edition 8 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||253KB|
|May 2005||Edition 7 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||121KB|
|May 2004||Edition 6 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||1157KB|
|May 2003||Edition 5 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||450KB|
|May 2002||Edition 4 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||461KB|
|May 2001||Edition 3 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||410KB|
|May 2000||Edition 2 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||492KB|
|May 1999||Edition 1 - Facts & Figures from the IDBR||129KB|
Note: The next Annual IDBR Facts and Figures publication will be published in January 2014.
IDBR Tables from Edition 15 - Facts & Figures
|1||VAT and/or PAYE tables 2012||369KB|
|2||Business Demography tables 2011||292KB|
|3||Foreign Ownership tables 2012||83KB|
Archive data for Inter Departmental Business Register (IDBR) can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
IDBR further information
|About the IDBR|
|Usage of the IDBR|
|Comparison of UK Business Information Sources|
|Glossary of IDBR terms & abbreviations|