Northern Ireland

Insecure at work

Key points

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Graph 1: Temporary/part-time

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Graph 2: Temporary contracts

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Graph 3: Union membership

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Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows the principal reasons that working-age people give for taking part-time work or temporary work.  In each case, the main point of interest is those taking these forms of work who would prefer, respectively, full-time or permanent work.  Note that students are excluded from the analysis of part-time work.

The fourth graph shows the number of temporary workers who are of working age.  A temporary employee is one who said that his/her main job is non-permanent in one of the following ways: fixed period contracts; agency temping; casual work; seasonal work; and other temporary work.

The third graph shows the proportion of people currently employed who are members of a trade union or staff association, with the data shown separately by level of pay.

The data source for all the graphs is the Labour Force Survey (LFS).  In the first two graphs, the data is the average for the latest three years.  The figures in the third graph are for the fourth quarter of the latest year (the data is only collected in the fourth quarter).

Overall adequacy of the indicator: high.  The LFS is a large, a well-established, quarterly government survey of designed to be representative of the population as a whole.

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