Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

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.

Latest Results - Published 26 October 2016

The key points from the Northern Ireland ASHE 2016 show that:

  • In April 2016 median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £495, up 2.2% from £485 in 2015. This increase was the same as that of UK employees and the second consecutive annual increase in inflation adjusted earnings.
  • In the UK, median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £539, an increase of 2.2% since 2015 (£527). At 91.9%, the ratio of NI/UK full-time weekly earnings is down slightly on the 2015 ratio (92.0%).
  • Those in the lowest 10% of the full-time weekly earnings distribution experienced a larger increase (4.7%) than those in the highest 10% (2.9%). 

Breach of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics

Just prior to the publication, an indication of the direction of change of weekly earnings for full time employees from the Annual Survey of Hours of Earnings 2016, was shared in error with officials not on the agreed pre-release access list, contrary to Protocol 2 Practice 8 of the code.


Detailed Results

  1. Headline statistics for Northern Ireland (1997-2016)
  2. Industry, occupation, age, public/private sector and skill level, 2016 (provisional) and 2015 (revised)
  3. NI geographies, by place of work and place of residence, 2016 (provisional) and 2015 (revised)

Pension Results

The provisional results from the pensions element of the Northern Ireland ASHE 2015 were published on 3rd March 2016.

NI ASHE Background Information

Contact Details

Brian Grogan
Telephone: 028 9052 9311


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