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Public opinion surveys

Our ‘Public Opinion Survey’ (2021) was contracted to Ipsos Mori Belfast.  The survey was undertaken between November 2021 and January 2022.  The survey used a quota-based sampling approach of 500 completed telephone interviews.

The findings from the Public Opinion Survey, including reports from previous years, are available on our Public Opinion Survey webpage. The latest reports are available for download below:

Fair Employment Monitoring Report

The 31st Monitoring Report, published in April 2022, presents an aggregated summary of the 3,807 valid monitoring returns received during 2020 from 105 public authorities and 3,702 private sector concerns.  These returns were received between 1st January and 31st December 2020.  This year’s report shows the Protestant community share of the monitored workforce was [50.2%] and the Roman Catholic community share was [49.8%].

Download the 31st Monitoring Report (pdf, 909kb) or see the website section. Information about NI workforce sectors, companies data and how to interprete the data is also available.

Protecting rights after Brexit

The UK Government has committed to ensuring that there will be no reduction of certain rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity protections, set out in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, after Brexit. It has also committed to ensuring that some of Northern Ireland’s equality laws will keep pace with any future changes to certain EU equality laws.

From 1 January 2021, the Equality Commission, together with the NI Human Rights Commission, have new powers to monitor, advise, enforce and report on these commitments. Read more about our role and work in protecting your post Brexit equality rights

Equality Awareness Surveys

Our latest Equality Awareness Surveys reveals the social attitudes and perceptions of equality in Northern Ireland and provides comparisons on attitudinal change.

Your Rights after Brexit

See how the Equality Commission is working to protect your post Brexit equality rights

International Mechanisms
See how the Equality Commission uses international mechanisms to advance equality of opportunity and good relations in NI.

Read the Commission's response to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights (pdf) 

Gaps in equality law - NI / GB
Learn more about the widening gaps between equality law here and elsewhere in the UK.

Programme for Government

The Equality Commission has set out its recommendations in relation to the next Programme for Government


Public Opinion Surveys
Read the findings of our latest public opinion survey (Ipsos MORI, January 2021)
See our research on:

Shaping welcoming & inclusive workplaces
Read our qualitative findings on employer and employee experiences of welcoming and inclusive workplaces.


Learn more about our Section 75 investigation procedure, formal investigations, and completed investigations.

Read the findings of the Commission's formal investigation into the treatment of pregnant workers & mothers in NI workplaces.


Covid-19 and Education- NEW
Covid-19 has the potential to exacerbate existing educational inequalities, both for children now and over their lifecycle. Read our recommendations

See our policy priorities on:

Poverty & Disadvantage
See our summary policy positions (pdf) on poverty and socio-economic disadvantage. 

Our Legal Work
See how we decide which cases to support and how we review the law and read more about the legal cases we have supported.

Fair Employment Monitoring Report No.31
Our latest Monitoring Report profiles NI's workforce by community background and sex (based on 2020 data)