Monitoring Northern Ireland's Workforce - High level trends over time
Although the central purpose of employer monitoring information is to allow employers (through their Article 55 reviews) to determine whether members of each community are afforded fair participation in those individual employments, there is also interest in considering monitoring figures at the Northern Ireland level.
The Commission’s annual ‘Fair Employment Monitoring report’ has for more than two decades aggregated monitoring information across all monitored employers in Northern Ireland, to produce composition figures (employees, applicants, appointees, promotees, leavers) at the Northern Ireland level and for key sectors.
By doing so, the Monitoring Report: An overview of high level trends and aggregated monitoring returns (pdf, 1.8mb) seeks to inform employers and interested parties about aggregate compositional patterns that, alongside other information on local labour availability, might suggest a dynamic or pattern that might better inform their own considerations of fair participation within their own or specific employment(s).
- The composition of all monitored employments, when aggregated together, now more closely mirrors estimates of the composition of all those available for work than when fair employment monitoring was first introduced.
- While members of the Protestant community continue to comprise the majority of the monitored workforce, the Roman Catholic community continued to increase (by around [0.5 pp] per annum) to [47.9%] in 2015. A gradual upward trend (averaging around [0.6 pp] per annum) in the Roman Catholic community share of the monitored workforce has been observed since 2001.
- For a seventh consecutive year, the Roman Catholic community [52.9%] comprised a greater proportion of applicants than the Protestant community [47.1%] continuing the gradual increase observed in their share over the period 2001-2015.
- In every year since 2006, members of the Roman Catholic community [53.1%] comprised a greater proportion of appointees than did the Protestant community [46.9%]. In 2015, the Roman Catholic community share increased by [1.3 pp] suggesting that the slight decrease in the Roman Catholic community share in 2014 was temporary and marks a continuation of the overall trend of increased Roman Catholic appointees to the monitored workforce of [8.1 pp] from [44.8%] in 2001.
- Members of the Roman Catholic community comprised [50.9%] of leavers from the monitored workforce. Members of the Protestant community comprised [49.1%] of leavers. Overall, the share of leavers from the Protestant community has decreased by [6.7 pp] from [55.8%] in 2001.
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