Updated Northern Ireland indicators

  • Concentrations of poor children:
    • first graph (over time): half of all the primary school children who are eligible for free school meals are concentrated in a fifth of the schools.
    • second graph (by type of school): pupils eligible for free school meals have, on average, twice as many pupils in their school eligible for free school meals.
  • Impact of qualifications on work:
    • first graph (lack of work): the lower a person’s qualifications, the more likely they are to be lacking but wanting paid work.
    • second graph (low pay): the lower their level of qualifications the more likely a person is to be low paid.
  • Not in education, employment or training:
    • first graph (over time): Around one in ten 16- to 19-year-olds are now not in education, employment or training, seemingly much higher than a decade ago.
    • second graph (compared to Great Britain): The proportion of 16- to 19-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training is somewhat lower in Northern Ireland than in any of the regions of Great Britain.
  • Blue collar jobs:
    • sixth graph (by gender and occupation): women predominate in personal service, administrative, secretarial and sales jobs whilst men predominate in skilled trades and as process, plant & machine operatives.
  • Low pay by industry:
    • first graph (risks): In the hotel & restaurant, retail & wholesale and community services sector, more than half of workers are paid less than £7 per hour.
    • second graph (shares): a quarter of workers earning less than £7 per hour work in the public sector.
  • Insecure at work:
    • first graph (temporary/part-time): most part-time employees do not want a full-time job – but only a third of temporary employees do not want a permanent job.
    • second graph (temporary contracts): the number of people on temporary contracts has remained broadly unchanged throughout the last decade.
    • third graph (union membership): only one in four of workers earning less than £7 an hour belong to a trade union compared with around half of those earning £10 or more per hour.
  • Access to training:
    • first graph (by level of qualification): people with no qualifications are much less likely to receive any job-related training.
    • second graph (by occupation): access to training differs significantly by occupation, being least in elementary (routine) occupations, plant & machine operatives and skilled trades.
    • third graph (by industry): the best access to training is in financial services and the public sector.
  • Working-age adults without qualifications:
    • first graph (over time): the proportion of the working age population without any educational qualifications has fallen by a quarter over the last decade.
    • second graph (by age and gender): the proportion of people under who lack basic qualifications rises sharply with age.
    • third graph (compared to Great Britain): the proportion of the working-age population without any educational qualifications is much higher in Northern Ireland than in the rest of the UK.