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Employment Opportunities

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 19 May 2003, Official Report, column 594W, on manufacturing, what percentage of the jobs created in Northern Ireland since the signing of the Belfast Agreement were (a) public sector, (b) private sector, (c) full-time, (d) part-time and (e) temporary contract. [117072]

The most comprehensive information available for which it is possible to provide a breakdown by areas requested relates to the period spring 1998 (March-May 1998) to winter 2003 (December 2002-February 2003) and refers to employment levels not jobs. The net change in employment levels in Northern Ireland by employment status over that period as estimated by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) is provided in Table 1.

Table 1: Change in employment status spring 1998 to winter 2002–03
Spring 1998Winter 2002–03ChangePercentage change
Public sector employment210,000230,00021,00010
Private sector employment471,000517,00045,00010
Full-time employment541,000582,00040,0007
Part-time employment139,000166,00028,00020
Permanent employees1530,000596,00066,00013
Temporary employees136,00033,000-3,000-9
All in employment2687,000751,00064,0009
1 Note that permanent/temporary nature of job only applies to employees and not to other types of employment.
2 Status not known or does not apply.


The Labour Force Survey is a sample survey and as such estimates are subject to sampling variability. For example, the estimate of net annual change in total employment has an associated sampling "error" of ±27,000 which indicates that 95 per cent. of the time the true population figure of net change in employment is expected to lie within the range 64,000 ±27,000. A similar principle underlies each of the estimates of net change in the table and this should be taken into account when interpreting the results.


Labour Force Survey (LFS)