Research & Publications

Decent Work in Northern Ireland: The Challenge of Insecurity and Low Pay

Many analysts agree that the most challenging issue facing the labour market is the quality rather than the quantity of employment. The evidence presented in this Research In Brief however suggests that these headline figures have been masking a more worrying story about the changing nature and quality of employment in Northern Ireland. Specifically, this Research InBrief shows that insecure employment and low pay present particular challenges to improving the quality of jobs and providing decent work for all.

Public Expenditure and Investment in Northern Ireland

In order to become more fiscally sustainable Northern Ireland needs public investment to build productivity enhancing growth. This requires significant investment the scale of which will only be met by public expenditure. Further reductions in public investment will only entrench Northern Ireland’s already weakened position.

Public Sector Pay in Northern Ireland

Falling public sector pay has often been justified by the public/private pay gap. However, the simple ratio of median pay rates used to describe the gap in Northern Ireland is inaccurate and misleading. Using the same metric across the rest of the economy shows the unsuitability of this method.

Scrap the Pay Cap Poster

Poster declaring it is time for a decent pay settlement for all public sector workers.

Better Work Better Lives Policy

Policy document for the Better Work Better Lives campaign.

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