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Equality Commission 32nd Monitoring Report (April 2023)



On 21 April 2023, the  Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) published its 32nd Monitoring report 32nd Monitoring Report

The statistics for the breakdown of the monitored workforce in Northern Ireland by community background show that there was total monitored workforce of 564,296.

Of that total in terms of religion:

  • 245,419 (43.5%) were Protestant;
  • 245,070 (43.4%) were Roman Catholic
  • 73,807 (13.1%) were Non-Determined.

In terms of gender:

  • Women made up (52.4%) a slight drop by 0.5% from the previous year (52.94%).

ECNI commented that one of the most noticeable trends is the increasing number of non-determined employees. This is a feature we have also experienced in our membership bases with more employees refusing or unwilling to identify as Protestant or Catholic.

The cause of this is varied but reflects that society is changing, so inevitably the workforce will change too.