Income and Poverty

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Northern Ireland 2014

  • Published 27th Mar 2014
  • Authors: Adam Tinson, , Hannah Aldridge, , Tom MacInnes,
  • Category: Income and Poverty

The latest data on poverty in Northern Ireland, focusing on the links between poverty, work, disability and age.

Northern Ireland’s labour market and poverty rates have deteriorated in the last five years, in addition to longstanding issues of mental health and community divisions – and welfare reforms are likely to exacerbate these problems.

This new research by the New Policy Institute for JRF finds that:

  • between 2006/07 and 2011/12 the average (median) income in Northern Ireland (NI) fell by almost 10 per cent compared with 7 per cent for the UK as a whole;
  • the proportion of unemployed working-age people in NI almost doubled between 2007/08 and 2012/13 to reach 5.8 per cent;
  • in the same period, the proportion working part-time and wanting full‑time work has gone up from 1.7 per cent, the same as in Great Britain (GB), to 4.4 per cent (compared with 3.5 per cent in GB).