Population Estimates

Table 1: Age profile of DCSDC and NI population, 2017

Age band

DCSDC

NI

0-15

32,810

21.8%

20.9%

16-24

17,920

11.9%

11.2%

25-44

38,730

25.7%

26.1%

45-64

39,050

25.9%

25.6%

65+

21,980

14.6%

16.2%

Total

150,500

100%

100%

Source: NISRA, 2017 Mid-year Population Estimates

Source: NISRA, 2017 Mid-year Population Estimates

  • In 2017, the population of DCSDC was estimated at 150,500.
  • The age profile of the population of DCSDC is currently slightly younger than that of NI as a whole.
  • 21.8% of the population within DCSDC are aged under 16 compared with20.9% in NI.
  • DCSDC has a lower proportion of residents at retirement age, with 14.6% aged65 and over compared with 16.2% in NI.

% of the population

Table 2: Change in age profile of DCSDC and NI population, 2001-2017

Age band

DCSDC

NI

0-15

-5,420

-14.2%

-1.7%

16-24

-2,040

-10.2%

-1.0%

25-44

-3,630

-8.6%

-0.7%

45-64

10,580

37.1%

31.7%

65+

7,200

48.7%

35.2%

Total

6,690

4.6%

10.8%

Source: NISRA, 2017 Mid-year Population Estimates

Source: NISRA, 2017 Mid-year Population Estimates

  • The population of DCSDC increased by 6,690 (4.6%) between 2001 and 2017. This increase in population is primarily due to the age profile of DCSDC getting older.
  • Between 2001 and 2017 the number of children aged 15 and under has decreased by 5,420 (-14.2%).
  • Accompanying the decrease in the number of children has been a rise in the number of residents aged between 45 and 64 as well as an increase in the number of residents aged 65 and over.
  • The number of citizens aged between 45 and 64 has increased by 10,580 (37.1%) whilst the number of residents aged 65 and over has increased by 7,200 (48.7%).

Household Projections

Table 1: Household Projections, 2016 and 2037

Household type

2016

2037

DCSDC

NI

DCSDC

NI

One adult households

16,600

28.9%

28.0%

20,300

33.5%

29.6%

Two adults without children

13,400

23.4%

27.3%

15,700

25.9%

30.5%

Other households without children

9,300

16.1%

15.1%

8,900

14.7%

14.8%

One adult households with children

5,000

8.8%

6.3%

4,300

7.1%

5.4%

Other households with children

13,100

22.9%

23.3%

11,400

18.7%

19.7%

Total

57,300

100%

100%

60,600

100%

100%

Source: NISRA, Household Projections (2012 based)

Source: NISRA, Household Projections (2012 based)

Source: NISRA, Household Projections (2012 based)

  • In 2016, the latest household projections estimated that ‘One adult’ households made up the largest type of household within DCSDC (16,600 households or 28.9%). This rate was similar to NI as a whole (28.0%).
  • Households with children are estimated at 18,100 of all households here, equating to 31.6% of all households (29.6% for NI).
  • By 2037, the number of ‘One adult’ households is expected to increase by 3,800 bringing the projected total to 20,300 or 33.5% of all households. This would be a higher rate than that projected for NI (29.6%).
  • Conversely, by 2037, the number of households with children is projected to fall by 2,500 to 15,700 households or 25.9% of all households (25.1% for NI).

Housing stock

Table 1: Number of domestic properties (housing stock) in DCSDC between 2013 and 2018

Year

DCSDC

2013

59,443

2014

59,698

2015

60,018

2016

60,459

2017

61,034

2018

61,736

Source: NISRA, Land and Property Services

  • In 2018, the housing stock in DCSDC was 61,736. This is an increase of 3.9% from 2013 (59,443).

Table 2: Number of domestic properties (housing stock) by property type in DCSDC between 2013 and 2018

Source: NISRA, Land and Property Services

  • Terraced houses have made up approximately 35% of the domestic properties in DCSDC between 2013 and 2018.
  • Detached properties have made up approximately 30% of the domestic properties in DCSDC between 2013 and 2018.
  • Apartments, however, only make up 10% of domestic properties in DCSDC between 2013 and 2018.Table 3: Social Rented Sector Waiting Lists and Allocations, DCSDC, March 2018

    Source: NIHE

  • In March 2018, there were 4,447 applicants recorded on the social rented sector waiting list.
  • In the same year, 729 properties were allocated to applicants on the waiting list. Table 4: Household Tenure 2017-18

Property type

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Apartment

6,031

6,079

6,115

6,206

6,287

6,508

Detached

17,697

17,748

17,801

17,865

17,978

18,178

Semi-detached

14,889

15,028

15,177

15,325

15,558

15,772

Terraced

20,826

20,843

20,925

21,063

21,211

21,278

Total

59,443

59,698

60,018

60,459

61,034

61,736

Status

Number

Waiting list

4,447

Allocated

729

Percentages

Region

Owned outright

Owned with mortgage

Rented- Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Rented- Housing Association

Rented- privately

Rent free3

DCSDC

33

27

17

7

15

2

NI

45

33

9

3

9

2

Source: NISRA, Continuous Household Survey

Residential Property Prices

Table 1: Standardised residential property price and index for DCSDC from 2012 Q1 to 2018 Q3

Year – Quarter Standardised Price Residential Property Price Index
2012 – Q1 £93,074 98.3
2012 – Q2 £91,264 96.4
2012 – Q3 £86,608 91.5
2012 – Q4 £86,230 91.1
2013 – Q1 £82,705 87.4
2013 – Q2 £85,433 90.2
2013 – Q3 £86,407 91.3
2013 – Q4 £85,857 90.7
2014 – Q1 £86,293 91.1
2014 – Q2 £87,352 92.3
2014 – Q3 £91,072 96.2
2014 – Q4 £93,042 98.3
2015 – Q1 £94,673 100
2015 – Q2 £94,368 99.7
2015 – Q3 £98,115 103.6
2015 – Q4 £97,692 103.2
2016 – Q1 £100,962 106.6
2016 – Q2 £102,645 108.4
2016 – Q3 £105,676 111.6
2016 – Q4 £107,498 113.5
2017 – Q1 £108,879 115
2017 – Q2 £109,518 115.7
2017 – Q3 £113,029 119.4
2017 – Q4 £117,568 124.2
2018 – Q1 £113,411 119.8
2018 – Q2 £118,678 125.4
2018 – Q3 £118,436 125.1

Source: NISRA, Land and Property Services

  • The standardised residential property price for DCSDC fell to £82,705 in quarter 1 of 2013. It stood at £118,436 in quarter 3 of 2018.
 Figure 1: Standardised house price, DCSDC and NI, 2007 Q1 to 2018 Q3

Source, NISRA, Land and Property Services

Figure 2: Standardised house price index, DCSDC and NI, 2007 Q1 to 2018 Q3 (2015 Q1 = 100)

Source, NISRA, Land and Property Services

Table 2: Number of verified residential property sales by type for DCSDC from 2012 Q1 to 2018 Q3

Year – Quarter Apartments Detached Semi- Detached Terrace Total
2012 – Q1 6 52 54 69 181
2012 – Q2 9 53 64 68 194
2012 – Q3 13 80 67 69 229
2012 – Q4 10 75 80 94 259
2012 Total 38 260 265 300 863
2013 – Q1 10 64 71 88 233
2013- Q2 15 63 67 103 248
2013 – Q3 13 70 86 91 260
2013 – Q4 13 64 81 113 271
2013 Total 51 261 305 395 1012
2014 – Q1 19 94 87 123 323
2014 – Q2 11 86 80 125 302
2014 – Q3 11 118 102 123 354
2014 – Q4 19 97 110 118 344
2014 Total 60 395 379 489 1323
2015 – Q1 21 81 85 124 311
2015 – Q2 14 92 109 127 342
2015 – Q3 16 117 88 123 344
2015 – Q4 24 114 105 133 376
2015 Total 75 404 387 507 1373
2016 – Q1 25 81 110 166 382
2016 – Q2 18 78 86 92 274
2016 – Q3 29 108 108 123 368
2016 – Q4 19 105 112 120 356
2016 Total 91 372 416 501 1380
2017 – Q1 17 97 91 128 333
2017 – Q2 18 104 117 140 379
2017 – Q3 20 109 155 125 409
2017 – Q4 21 145 144 127 437
2017 Total 76 455 507 520 1558
2018 – Q1 21 86 124 125 356
2018 – Q2 19 117 151 119 406
2018 – Q3 15 123 131 118 387
Source: NISRA, Land and Property Services

Employment

Employment

Table 1: DCSDC employment totals and rates, 2009 – 2017

Year

In employment (16+)

Employment rate

Full-time

Part-time

Total

16+

16-64

2009

40,000

15,000

56,000

49.3%

57.4%

2010

41,000

14,000

55,000

47.7%

55.0%

2011

42,000

15,000

58,000

51.6%

60.2%

2012

41,000

14,000

55,000

50.6%

61.1%

2013

41,000

14,000

56,000

49.0%

55.7%

2014

43,000

14,000

58,000

48.7%

56.5%

2015

42,000

17,000

60,000

52.1%

59.6%

2016

39,000

14,000

53,000

46.4%

54.7%

2017

40,000

13,000

54,000

48.2%

56.8%

Source: NISRA, Labour Force Survey

  • In 2017, the Labour Force Survey estimated that there were 54,000 people in employment within DCSDC.
  • Of these, 40,000 were in full-time employment and 13,000 were in part-time employment.
  • This led to an employment rate, for those aged 16 and over, of 48.2%.
  • The employment rate for those of working-age, i.e. 16-64, stood at 56.8%.

DCSDC (16-64) NI (16-64)

  • Both the 16+ and 16-64 employment rates for DCSDC have been consistently below the NI average since 2009.

Employee jobs refer to the number of employee jobs within businesses that have either a VAT or PAYE registration. They mainly differ from overall employment figures in that they exclude most agricultural businesses and the self- employed.

Table 2: Number of DCSDC employee jobs by gender and job status, 2012 – 2017

Year

Employee jobs

Male full-time

Male part-time

Male

Female full-time

Female part-time

Female

Total

2012

17,740

5,160

22,900

14,930

13,250

28,180

51,080

2013

17,730

5,170

22,900

14,620

12,730

27,350

50,250

2014

17,670

5,250

22,920

14,720

14,970

29,690

52,610

2015

18,910

5,220

24,130

15,390

14,110

29,500

53,630

2016

19,910

5,150

25,070

15,720

14,200

29,920

54,990

2017

20,213

5,534

25,747

15,512

14,562

30,074

55,821

Source: NISRA, Census of Employment, Business Registration Employment Survey

Source: NISRA, Census of Employment, Business Registration Employment Survey

Number

  • In 2017, there were 55,820 employee jobs in DCSDC. Of these, 25,750 were jobs carried out by males and 30,070 were jobs held by females.
  • Males have a higher tendency to work in full-time positions. Of the 25,750 jobs held by males, 20,210 jobs (78.5%) were full-time and 5,530 were part- time.
  • The split in job status for females was more even with 15,510 jobs (51.6%) being held by a female in a full-time position and 14,560 (48.4%) being held by a female in a part-time position.

    Table 3: Employee jobs by gender and job status, DCSDC and NI, 2017

    Source: NISRA, Business Registration Employment Survey

    Table 4: Employee jobs by gender and job status within gender, DCSDC and NI, 2017

Category

DCSDC

NI

Male

46.1%

48.4%

Female

53.9%

51.6%

Full-time

64.0%

65.4%

Part-time

36.0%

34.6%

Job status

DCSDC

NI

Male

46.1%

48.4%

Full-time

78.5%

80.8%

Part-time

21.5%

19.2%

Female

53.9%

51.6%

Full-time

51.6%

50.9%

Part-time

48.4%

49.1%

Total

100%

100%

Source: NISRA, Business Registration Employment Survey

  • In 2017, DCSDC had a lower proportion of employee jobs held by males (46.1%) compared with NI (48.4%). In turn a higher proportion of employee jobs in DCSDC were held by females (53.9%) compared to NI (51.6%).
  • DCSDC had a lower proportion of full-time jobs (64.0%) compared to NI (65.4%).
  • For both DCSDC (78.5%) and NI (80.8%), a higher proportion of males tended worked in full-time positions, whereas the proportion of females, working in full-time posts, was 51.6% in DCSDC and 50.9% in NI.

Table 5: Number of employee jobs by industry sector, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017

Industry

2011

2013

2015

2017

Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing

*

60

50

90

Mining and Quarrying

*

*

70

60

Manufacturing

4,540

4,620

5,090

5,710

Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning

30

*

100

170

Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management

410

410

420

510

Construction

2,200

1,900

2,240

2,640

Wholesale / Retail Trade1

9,620

9,290

9,280

9,530

Transportation and Storage

1,290

1,240

1,380

1,500

Accommodation and Food Service

2,940

3,080

3,410

3,480

Information and Communication

*

1,720

1,870

2,030

Financial and Insurance

1,240

1,200

1,150

1,140

Real Estate

730

480

500

450

Professional, Scientific and Technical

1,120

1,180

1,240

1,400

Administrative and Support Service

3,040

3,640

3,260

3,970

Public Administration and Defence

3,900

3,910

3,790

3,670

Education

*

5,640

6,040

5,830

Human Health and Social Work

9,800

9,890

11,600

11,310

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

1,020

1,080

1,260

1,300

Other Service

800

830

880

1,040

Total

50,470

50,250

53,630

55,820

Source: NISRA, Census of Employment, Business Registration Employment Survey 1. Includes repair of motor vehicles
* Data suppressed to avoid disclosure

  • The industry with the greatest amount of employee jobs located within DCSDC is the ‘Human Health and Social Work’ sector with 11,310 employees in 2017 (20.3%).
  • There are 9,530 employees (17.1%) within the ‘Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles’ sector making it the second largest sector within DCSDC.

Source: NISRA, Business Registration Employment Survey

  • When compared to NI, a higher proportion of DCSDC employee jobs are concentrated in those sectors with high Public Sector involvement. This is due to the presence of a major hospital, university campus and regional technical college all in the Council area.
  • As a result, nearly a third of employee jobs (30.8%) are in the ‘Human Health and Social work’ industry (20.3%) and the ‘Education’ industry (10.5%). In NI, just over a quarter (26.1%) of employee jobs are in the same industries.

Table 6: DCSDC farm labour force, 2011 – 2017

Farm labour force

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Farmers and partners

Full-time

1,241

1,216

1,245

1,249

1,276

1,236

1,266

Part-time

799

784

760

793

817

870

903

Spouses

367

393

396

385

401

434

438

Other workers

Full-time

253

248

254

255

240

237

219

Part-time

276

297

330

327

284

344

341

Casual / Seasonal

365

377

331

330

323

306

313

Total

3,301

3,315

3,316

3,339

3,341

3,427

3,480

Source: Dept. AERA, Agricultural Census

  • Across NI, the agricultural labour force has sthbilized in the last number of years from a historic long-term downward trend in it is size. It is believed that this stabilisation in numbers is not necessarily due to an increase demand for farm labour but more to difficulties in farm family members securing off- farm employment and to changes in Common Agricultural Policy support arrangements that link subsidies to some level of active farming.

As stated earlier, the annual surveys that record the number of employee jobs do not record the number of self-employed. Therefore the analysis, presented below, is taken from the Economic Briefing, NISRA.

Table 7: Estimates of self-employment, 2017

Region

Number

% of those employed

DCSDC

7,000

12.5%

NI

126,000

15.0%

Source: NISRA, Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Earnings

Table 1: Gross median weekly pay, DCSDC and NI, 2013 – 2017

Year Working in DCSDC (£) Resident in DCSDC (£) NI (£)
2013 350.5 307 365.5
2014 346.2 323 363.1
2015 356.1 329.9 381.9
2016 352.1 325.5 393.1
2017 375 350.9 409.5

Source: NISRA, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Source: NISRA, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

  • In 2017, the gross weekly median pay for those working in DCSDC was £375.0 compared with a figure of £350.9 for those who live in the council area. Both of these were lower than the overall NI average (£409.5).
  • Those working in DCSDC tend to earn more than those who live in DCSDC. This is as a result of a greater tendency of workers to commute into the council area for higher earning employment.

Table 2: Gross median weekly pay by status, DCSDC and NI, 2017

Status

Working in DCSDC (£)

Resident in DCSDC (£)

NI (£)

All

375.0

350.9

409.5

Male

393.3

379.8

466.7

Female

326.2

297.1

335.6

Full-time

478.7

449.7

501.2

Part-time

172.7

162.5

178.2

Male full-time

454.9

441.4

514.9

Male part-time

x

170.0

157.0

Female full-time

505.5

462.2

482.4

Female part-time

167.7

157.8

182.7

Source: NISRA, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings
X Estimates are considered unreliable for practical purposes

Source: NISRA, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Unemployment

The claimant count is an administrative data source derived from Jobs and Benefits Offices systems, which records the number of people claiming unemployment- related benefits. From 21st March 2018 NISRA changed the claimant count measure from one based solely on Jobseekers Allowance to an experimental measure based on Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants plus out-of-work Universal Credit claimants who were claiming principally for the reason of being unemployed.

The definition of out-of-work Universal Credit Claimants is close to but not exactly the same as Jobseekers Allowance claimants. The GB and NI Claimant counts are now calculated on an equivalent basis.

As Universal Credit Full Service is rolled out in particular areas, the number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count is therefore likely to rise.

Table 1: Claimant Count (unadjusted), DCSDC and NI, October 20181

Source: NISRA, Claimant Count

1 Large revisions are to be expected while the series is experimental and improvements are being made to the process.

  • In October 2018, the unadjusted claimant count rate for DCSDC was 4.9% compared with a rate of 2.5% for NI.
  • Within DCSDC this equated to a total of 4,735 claimants, of which 2,970 were male and 1,765 were female.
  • The DCSDC claimant count rate for males was 6.3% (3.1% NI) and for females it stood at 3.6% (1.8% NI).

Source: NISRA, Claimant Count

  • The DCSDC and NI unadjusted claimant count rates have reported a downward trend since 2013.
  • Before the onset of the 2007 recession, the unadjusted claimant count in DCSDC stood at 3.8% (2.0% in NI).
  • The unadjusted claimant count in DCSDC peaked at 8.7% compared with a peak of 5.7% in NI.

Table 2: Jobseeker’s Allowance by age and duration1, 2, DCSDC and NI, October 2018

Region Total 12 months+ 24 and under
 Number % Number %
DCSDC 2,775 2,235 81% 290 77%
NI 20,741 10,285 50% 1,215 34%

Source: NOMIS

  1. Data based on rounded numbers
  2. Does not include clerical returns
  • Within the DCSDC area, at October 2018, 81% of JSA claimants had been claiming for a year or more. This compared to a rate of 50% for NI as a whole.
  • Both DCSDC (14%) and NI (17%) had similar rates of young people on the claiming JSA.
  • However, DCSDC (77%) has a higher proportion of young people claiming for a year or more compared to NI (34%).

Table 3: Jobseeker’s Allowance by usual occupation1, 2, DCSDC and NI, October 2018

Occupation

DCSDC

NI

Number

%

%

Corporate Managers

15

1%

1%

Managers and Proprietors In Agriculture and Services

5

0%

0%

Science and Technology Professionals

20

1%

1%

Health Professionals

0

0%

0%

Teaching and Research Professionals

25

1%

1%

Business and Public Service Professionals

10

0%

0%

Science and Technology Associate Professionals

25

1%

1%

Health and Social Welfare Associate Professionals

30

1%

1%

Protective Service Occupations

0

0%

0%

Culture, Media and Sports Occupations

45

2%

2%

Business and Public Service Associate Professionals

15

1%

1%

Administrative Occupations

185

7%

8%

Secretarial and Related Occupations

35

1%

1%

Skilled Agricultural Trades

95

3%

3%

Skilled Metal and Electronic Trades

45

2%

2%

Skilled Construction and Building Trades

150

5%

3%

Textiles, Printing and Other Skilled Trades

35

1%

1%

Caring Personal Service Occupations

150

5%

5%

Leisure and Other Personal Service Occupations

85

3%

3%

Sales Occupations

605

22%

22%

Customer Service Occupations

50

2%

1%

Process, Plant and Machine Operatives

120

4%

6%

Transport and Mobile Machine Drivers and Operatives

140

5%

5%

Elementary Trades, Plant and Storage Related Occupations

415

15%

15%

Elementary Administration and Service Occupations

470

17%

16%

Occupation unknown

0

0%

0%

Total

2,775

100%

100%

Source: NISRA, Claimant Count

  1. Data based on rounded numbers
  2. Does not include clerical returns

Business Statistics

Table 1: VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses operating in Northern Ireland, 2017

Region

Number

% of NI

Antrim and Newtownabbey

4,020

5.6%

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon

8,275

11.6%

Belfast

10,295

14.4%

Causeway Coast and Glens

5,760

8.0%

Derry and Strabane

4,945

6.9%

Fermanagh and Omagh

7,780

10.9%

Lisburn and Castlereagh

4,640

6.5%

Mid and East Antrim

4,735

6.6%

Mid Ulster

8,505

11.9%

Newry, Mourne and Down

8,110

11.3%

North Down and Ards

4,555

6.4%

Northern Ireland

71,615

100%

Source: NISRA, Inter-Departmental Business Register Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5

 In 2017, there were 4,945 businesses, registered for VAT and/or PAYE, operating within the DCSDC area. This made up 6.9% of all such businesses within NI.

Table 2: VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses operating in DCSDC, 2008 – 20171

Region

DCSDC

% of NI

2008

4,880

6.7%

2009

4,815

6.7%

2010

4,655

6.7%

2011

4,585

6.6%

2012

4,590

6.7%

2013

4,480

6.6%

2014

4,525

6.7%

2015

4,630

6.8%

2016

4,830

6.9%

2017

4,945

6.9%

Source: NISRA, Inter-Departmental Business Register. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5

 In line with the trend experienced across NI, the number of VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses within DCSDC has shown an upward trend from 2015.

1 In 2016 an exercise was carried out by NISRA to allocate those businesses with inaccurate or missing postcode data to the appropriate Council area. This has been applied to data from 2015 onwards.

The number of businesses in operating within DCSDC increased by 315 from 2015 to 2017, an increase of 6.8%. Within NI, the number of businesses increased by 5.2% over the same period.

Table 3: VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses operating in DCSDC by employment size band, 2017

Size band

DCSDC

NI

Number

%

%

01

20

0.4%

0.5%

1-4

3,710

75.0%

75.1%

5-9

635

12.8%

12.4%

10 – 19

320

6.5%

6.2%

20 – 49

165

3.3%

3.6%

50 – 99

50

1.0%

1.1%

100 – 249

25

0.5%

0.7%

250 – 499

10

0.2%

0.2%

500+

10

0.2%

0.2%

Total

4,945

100%

100.0%

Source: NISRA, Inter-Departmental Business Register

1 This size band includes holding companies and those companies not yet trading, for example, if a factory is under construction

 Both DCSDC and NI have similar proportions of their business within those size bands employing less than 10 people (88.2% and 88.0% respectively).

Table 4: VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses operating in DCDSDC by turnover size band, 2017

Turnover
size band (000’s)

DCSDC

NI

Number

%

%

0 – 49

1,385

28.0%

27.4%

50 – 99

880

17.8%

18.0%

100 – 249

1,275

25.8%

25.2%

250 – 499

600

12.1%

11.8%

500 – 999

380

7.7%

7.6%

1,000 – 4,999

330

6.7%

7.4%

5,000 +

100

2.0%

2.5%

Total

4,945

100%

100%

Source: NISRA, Inter-Departmental Business Register

 Similarly, both DCSDC and NI have similar proportions of their business within those size bands where turnover was less than £100,000 (45.8% and 45.4% respectively).

Table 5: VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses operating in DCSDC and NI by broad industry group, 2017

Region

DCSDC

NI

DCSDC

NI

Number

%

%

% (exc agri)

% (exc agri)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

1,215

24.6%

24.9%

Production

320

6.5%

6.8%

8.6%

9.1%

Construction

745

15.1%

13.5%

20.0%

18.0%

Motor Trades

180

3.6%

3.5%

4.8%

4.7%

Wholesale

195

3.9%

4.5%

5.2%

6.0%

Retail

470

9.5%

8.5%

12.6%

11.3%

Transport and Storage (Inc. Postal)

150

3.0%

3.3%

4.0%

4.4%

Accommodation and Food Services

290

5.9%

5.4%

7.8%

7.2%

Information and Communication

105

2.1%

2.6%

2.8%

3.4%

Finance and Insurance

70

1.4%

1.6%

1.9%

2.2%

Property

135

2.7%

2.9%

3.6%

3.9%

Professional, Scientific and Technical

325

6.6%

7.9%

8.7%

10.5%

Business Administration and Support Services

140

2.8%

3.4%

3.8%

4.6%

Public Administration and Defence

*

*

0.1%

*

0.1%

Education

45

0.9%

0.9%

1.2%

1.2%

Health

250

5.1%

4.0%

6.7%

5.3%

Arts, Entertainment, Recreation and Other Services

315

6.4%

6.1%

8.4%

8.2%

Total

4,945

100%

100%

100%

100%

Source: NISRA, Inter-Departmental Business Register – Not applicable

* Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5 and counts under 5 have been suppressed

  •   The largest industry group in DCSDC and NI is Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, accounting for over one quarter (24.6% and 24.9% respectively) of all VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses.
  •   Outside of Agriculture, the largest industry group in DCSDC is Construction (15.1%) and then Retail (9.5%).
  •   DCSDC has a higher proportion of its industry in these three groups compared to NI. DCSDC also has a higher reliance on the Health Industry.
  •   However, it then has a lower dependence on those industries allied to professional services (IT, Professional /Scientific, Business support).

    Table 6: Structure of farm businesses, DCSDC and NI, 2017

Category

DCSDC

NI

Number

%

Number

%

Farms

1,773

100%

24,956

100%

Of which:

LFA farms

1,453

82.0%

17,293

69.3%

Non LFA farms

320

18.0%

7,663

30.7%

V. Small farms

1,310

73.9%

19.060

76.4%

Small farms

248

14.0%

2,945

11.8%

Medium farms

87

4.9%

1,229

4.9%

Large farms

128

7.2%

1,722

6.9%

Area farmed in hectares

96,506

1,019,736

Farmers and partners

2,607

36,795

Other workers

873

11,909

Agricultural labour

3,480

48,704

Source: DAERA, Agricultural Census

  •   In 2017, there were a total of 1,773 farm businesses in DCSDC.
  •   1,453 (82.0%) of farms were operating in Less Favoured Areas (LFA)

    compared to 69.3% of all farms in NI.

  •   DCSDC had a higher proportion of large farms2 with 7.2% (128) of all farms

    falling into this category compared with 6.9% in NI.

2 Farm business size is determined by calculating each farm’s total Standard Labour Requirement (SLR). Large farms require 3 or more SLR.

Table 7: Non-financial business economy1, DCSDC, 2011 – 2015

Estimate

Year

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Turnover

3,084.4

3,377.2

3,595.2

3,690.7

3,720.5

Purchases

1,994.2

2,186.0

2,497.7

2,594.0

2,520.9

GVA

1,093.9

1,199.8

1,123.8

1,214.8

1,234.7

Source: NISRA, Annual business Inquiry

1.

At basic prices of the non-financial business economy, excluding farming and financial services.

In 2015, the income generated by businesses in DCSDC, less the cost of goods and services used to create this income was estimated to be £1,234.7 million. This amount represents the approximate Gross Value Added (aGVA) at basic prices of the NI non-financial business economy, excluding farming and financial services.

Economic Inactivity

Table 1: Economic inactivity, DCSDC and NI, 2017

Age group DCSDC NI
Number % Number %
16+ 52,000 46.60% 589,000 40.30%
16-64 34,000 37.00% 325,000 27.70%

Source: NISRA, Labour Force Survey

  • Estimates from the 2017 Labour Force Survey (LFS) indicate that 46.6% (52,000 people) of all those aged 16 and over, in DCSDC, were economically inactive, i.e. people who are neither in employment nor unemployed as per the International Labour Organisation (ILO) measure. This was higher than the rate for NI (40.3%).
  • The 16-64 rate of inactivity was somewhat lower as it does not include the majority of those who are retired. This rate of inactivity stood at 37.0% (34,000 people) within DCSDC compared with an NI average of 27.7%.

Age group

DCSDC

NI

Number

%

Number

%

16+

52,000

46.6%

589,000

40.3%

16-64

34,000

37.0%

325,000

27.7%

Table 2(a): Reasons for economic inactivity by age (16-64), DCSDC, 2011

Age Group

Economically Inactive – Reason

Retired

Student

Looking after family / home

Long- term sick or disabled

Other

Total

16-64

4,300

7,800

6,000

10,700

3,800

32,700

16-24

0

7,000

500

400

600

8,400

25-44

100

700

3,300

3,600

1,600

9,300

45-64

4,300

100

2,200

6,800

1,600

14,900

Source: Census of Population, 2011

Table 2(b): Reasons for economic inactivity by age (%) (16-64), DCSDC, 2011

Age Group

Economically Inactive – Reason

Retired

Student

Looking after family / home

Long- term sick or disabled

Other

Total

16-64

13.3%

23.9%

18.5%

32.9%

11.5%

34.0%

16-24

0.1%

82.5%

5.8%

4.6%

7.0%

43.1%

25-44

0.7%

8.0%

35.8%

38.6%

17.0%

22.7%

45-64

28.5%

0.8%

14.8%

45.2%

10.6%

42.0%

Source: Census of Population, 2011

Source: Census of Population, 2011

The LFS does not allow for an examination of the reasons of economic inactivity within council areas due to the sampling robustness of local estimates. Table 2 previously has, however, provided a breakdown of the reason for economic inactivity as recorded in the 2011 Census of Population.

  • In 2011, 32.9 % of those aged 16-64 were economically inactive due to ‘long-term sickness or disabled’.
  • Nearly a quarter (23.9%) of those aged 16-64 within DCSDC were inactive as they were students.
  • Rates of inactivity due to ‘long-term sick or disabled’ increased with age.
  • Rates of inactivity due to ‘looking after family / home’ were most prevalent for those aged 25-44 (35.8%).

Benefit statistics

Table 1: Number of claimants by benefit type, DCSDC, May 2018

Benefit type

Total

Change on year

Number

%

Attendance Allowance

3,670

-50

-1%

Carers Allowance

8,030

90

1%

Disability Living Allowance

14,600

-6,300

-30%

Employment and Support Allowance

13,920

-40

0%

Income Support

4,260

-380

-8%

Job Seekers’ Allowance

4,840

0

0%

Pension Credit

7,420

-410

-5%

State Pension

22,220

-20

0%

Source: NISRA, Benefits Statistics Summary

Source: NISRA, Benefits Statistics Summary

Source: NISRA, Benefits Statistics Summary

  • In May 2018, there were 14,600 claimants of Disability Living Allowance in DCSDC. This total decreased by 6,300 (30%) over the year. This fall is due to the introduction of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) on 20th June 2016.
  • With the introduction of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), there have been no new working age claimants to DLA. The main reassessment of existing DLA claimants to PIP commenced in December 2016 and is expected to end in April 2019.

Table 2: PIP Claims in Payment by LGD and DLA Reassessment Indicator (as at 31st May 2018)

LGD New Claims Reassessment Total Claims
Claims % of Claims Claims % of Claims Claims % of Claims
DCSDC 2,020 10 6,720 6 5,110 7
NI 19,220 100 57,700 6 5,080 7

• At May 2018, there were 8,730 PIP claims in payment within the DCSDC region. This accounted for 11% of all PIP claims in payment within NI (76,920).

Enrolments

Table 1: Number of pupils attending educational establishments in DCSDC from 2013/14 to 2017/18

School type

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Voluntary and private pre- school education centres1

384

413

427

358

356

Nursery schools

503

507

509

508

504

Primary schools

15,514

15,587

15,836

16,111

16,093

Post-primary schools

12,739

12,512

12,164

11,948

11,832

Special schools

365

377

389

416

437

TOTAL

29,505

29,396

29,325

29,341

29,222

Source: NI School Census, Department of Education NI

1. Figures for children in pre-school settings relate to children in funded places.

Source: NI School Census, Department of Education NI

  • The number of pupils attending nursery schools within DCSDC in 2017/18 was 504.

Source: NI School Census, Department of Education NI

  • The overall number of pupils enrolled in primary schools in DCSDC has increased gradually from a total of 15,514 in 2013/14 to 16,093 in 2017/18.

Source: NI School Census, Department of Education NI

  • There was a steady decrease in the number of pupils attending post-primary schools, within DCSDC, in the five year period 2013/14 to 2017/18.

Source: NI School Census, Department of Education NI

School leavers

Table 1: Number of school leavers in DCSDC from 2012/13 to 2016/17

School leavers DCSDC
2012/13 2,089
2013/14 2,209
2014/15 2,155
2015/16 2,148
2016/17 2,045

Source: NI School Leavers Survey, Department of Education NI

  • In 2012/13 there were 2,089 school leavers compared to 2,209 school leavers in 2013/14. In 2016/17 there were 2,045 school leavers.

Source: NI School Leavers Survey, Department of Education

No. of school leavers

Table 2: School leavers’ examination achievements 2012/13 to 2016/17

Region

School leavers’ achievements

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

DCSDC

Achieved 2+ A levels (or equivalent)

58.1%

55.5%

58.9%

60.0%

58.4%

Achieved at least 5 GCSE’s grades A*-C (or equivalent)

80.8%

76.4%

82.0%

81.5%

82.3%

Achieved at least 5 GCSE’s grades A*-C (or equivalent) including GCSE English and GCSE Maths

61.3%

58.7%

63.2%

68.2%

69.3%

NI

Achieved 2+ A levels (or equivalent)

55.1%

55.7%

57.7%

57.3%

58.5%

Achieved at least 5 GCSE’s grades A*-C (or equivalent)

78.5%

78.6%

81.1%

81.7%

83.8%

Achieved at least 5 GCSE’s grades A*-C (or equivalent) including GCSE English and GCSE Maths

62.2%

63.5%

66.0%

67.7%

69.6%

Source: NI School Leavers Survey, Department of Education

Source: NI School Leavers Survey, Department of Education

  • The percentage of school leavers who achieved at least 5 GCSE’s grades A*-C (or equivalent) was higher for DCSDC compared with NI in 2012/13 and 2014/15 but lower in 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Source: NI School Leavers Survey, Department of Education

  • The percentage of school leavers, achieving at least 5 GCSE’s grades A*-C (or equivalent) including English and Maths, was lower for DCSDC compared with NI in 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15. DCSDC had a slightly higher proportion in 2015/16 and remained similar in 2016/17.

Source: NI School Leavers Survey, Department of Education

The percentage of school leavers, achieving 2+ A Levels, was higher for DCSDC compared with NI in 2012/13, 2014/15 and 2015/16, was similar in 2013/14 and 2016/17.

Qualifications

Table 1: Highest level of qualifications of all usual residents aged 16-64

Qualification level

DCSDC

NI

None

27.6%

21.3%

Level 1

13.3%

13.2%

Level 2

16.5%

17.0%

Apprenticeship

3.4%

4.1%

Level 3

13.8%

14.4%

Level 4

21.9%

25.8%

Other

3.3%

4.1%

Source: Census of Population, 2011

Source: Census of Population, 2011

  • The percentage of residents aged 16-64 with no qualifications was higher in DCSDC (27.6%) compared with a rate of 21.3% in NI.
  • Excluding those with no qualifications, the level of educational attainment in DCSDC was generally similar to that of NI as a whole except for the proportion of the DCSDC population who had attained a ‘Level 4’ qualification. Within DCSDC, this rate stood at 21.9% compared with a rate of 25.8% for NI.

Table 2: Highest level of qualifications of all usual residents aged 16-74 (excluding students) in employment and currently working in the area

Qualification level

DCSDC

NI

None

15.7%

13.6%

Level 1

12.8%

12.6%

Level 2

15.6%

16.0%

Apprenticeship

4.0%

4.9%

Level 3

15.3%

14.5%

Level 4

32.8%

33.7%

Other

3.7%

4.7%

Source: Census 2011

Source: Census 2011

  • The percentage of residents aged 16-74 (excluding students) in employment and currently working in the area, with no qualifications, was higher in DCSDC (15.7%) compared with 13.6% in NI. However, the differential was smaller than that experienced for the working age population as a whole.

The educational profile for those working in DCSDC compared to those working in NI was very similar in its composition, ranging from those with no qualifications up to the highest level of qualification attained (Level 4).