Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index Quarter 1 2024

Date published: 27 June 2024

The Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI) Quarter 1 2024 was published today by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA).

Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index
Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index

Key points:

  • In the first quarter of 2024, the NICEI indicates that economic output increased by 1.4% over the quarter and by 1.1% over the year. Output increased by 1.4% on a rolling four quarters basis to March 2024.
  • NI economic output is now 7.6% above the pre-pandemic level seen in Quarter 4 2019.
  • The largest upward contribution to change this quarter came from increased activity in the Services sector 1.0 percentage points (pps). This positive contribution was partially offset by a decrease in the Production sector (0.2 pps).
  • Although the measures are not produced on a fully equivalent basis, comparisons with the UK show NI had stronger growth over the quarter (1.4% vs 0.6%) and over the year (1.1% vs 0.2%). NI also had larger growth in activity over the rolling annual average period (1.4% vs 0.1%). Comparing against the pre-pandemic quarter (Quarter 4 2019) economic activity in NI has shown stronger growth than the UK (7.6% vs 1.7%).
  • NI’s Private sector output as measured by the NICEI increased by 1.7% over the quarter and by 1.2% over the year. Private sector output increased by 1.5% on a rolling four quarter basis and by 7.9% when compared to pre- pandemic levels recorded in Quarter 4 2019.
  • The NICEI Public Sector (employee jobs) index increased by 0.2% over the quarter, and by 0.6% over the year, by 1.1% on a rolling four quarter basis and by 6.2% compared to pre-pandemic levels.



Notes to editors: 

  1. The statistical bulletin, fact sheet and associated tables are available at:


  1. The NISRA Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI) is a quarterly measure of the performance of the Northern Ireland (NI) economy based on available official statistics.
  1. The NICEI combines existing published quarterly indices (i.e. Index of Services (IOS), Index of Production (IOP), Quarterly Construction Enquiry (QCE)), public sector employee jobs data from the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES), and unpublished agricultural output data from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). These indices are weighted using ONS Regional Accounts Gross Value Added (GVA) data to provide a proxy measure of total economic output in the NI economy on a quarterly basis.


  1. The NICEI output measures relate to the first quarter (January - March) of 2024. These estimates are based on surveys of businesses and estimates of change are subject to sampling error. Figures for a quarter may be revised if more complete information subsequently becomes available.
  1. The NICEI back series is calculated each quarter, typically the revisions to the NICEI are reasonably minor.
  1. This report will be of interest to policy makers, public bodies, the business community, banks, economic commentators, academics and the general public with an interest in the local economy.
  1. Further information and tables from each of the data sources are available on the NISRA - Economic and Labour Market Statistics Website.
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Suzanne Bradley

Economic & Labour Market Statistics Branch (ELMS),   Tel: 028 9052 9505.

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