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Text and Research: Fionnuala McKenna
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Employment in Northern Ireland

  • In 1996 approximately 10.9 percent of the population in Northern Ireland was unemployed.
  • Over the period 1986-1996, Northern Ireland had a higher rate of long-term unemployment that the rest of the UK as a whole.
  • Northern Ireland has always had a higher rate of unemployment amongst members of the Catholic community than the Protestant community.
  • In 1976, the first Fair Employment Act in Northern Ireland established a Fair Employment Agency in an attempt to prevent religious and political discrimination in Northern Ireland. The 1989 Fair Employment Act brought about the establishment of the Fair Employment Commission to monitor employment practices, and a Fair Employment Tribunal to hear complaints.
  • Figures published by the Fair Employment Commission (FEC) in 1997 estimated that Catholics accounted for over 40% of those available for work.
  • The Catholic share of the workforce increased from 34.9% in 1990, to 38.1% in 1996.
  • In 1996 more people in Northern Ireland were employed in the areas of services, manufacturing and health and social work than any other section.
  • From the late 1970s to the mid-1990s the number of females in the Northern Ireland workforce grew rapidly, at a much faster rate than that of males. Between 1978 and 1996, the number of females in employment increased by 71,000 while the number of males has increased by only 30,000.
  • The number of females employed tended to be strongest in the areas of services, health and social work, and education, while men tended to dominate areas such as the manufacturing and construction industries.

Sources:
The following tables provide further details regarding employment and unemployment in Northern Ireland. Much of this material has been taken from the Northern Ireland Annual Abstract of Statistics (1996), Regional Trends (1996), A M Gallagher, The Majority Minority Review 2: Employment, Unemployment and Religion in Northern Ireland (1991), and the Irish Almanac and Yearbook of Facts (1997).
Additional information on employment can be obtained from the section on Key Issues - Employment in Northern Ireland and Employment and Discrimination in Northern Ireland.


Employees in Employment: All Persons, 1988-1997

 

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing

19,590

19,990

19,910

19,230

18,940

19,190

18,880

19,450

18,810

18,660

Mining and quarrying

1,840

1,970

2,040

1,910

1,650

1,630

1,880

1,950

1,860

1,930

Manufacturing

103,950

104,510

104,370

103,280

100,720

98,570

100,730

103,590

103,050

104,680

Electricity, gas and water supply

7,030

6,810

6,750

6,570

6,190

5,780

5,230

4,850

4,590

4,330

Construction

28,180

27,910

28,760

27,120

26,000

25,030

23,790

23,850

22,560

24,230

Wholesale and retail trade: repairs

70,370

72,920

75,870

77,610

78,230

79,400

82,550

87,500

88,130

91,450

Hotels and restaurants

17,120

17,810

19,610

20,960

21,780

22,860

24,620

26,800

28,090

28,960

Transport, storage and communication

20,710

21,410

21,750

21,370

21,420

20,610

21,570

22,030

22,050

22,880

Financial intermediation

12,600

13,120

13,430

13,510

14,060

13,830

13,720

13,990

13,620

13,690

Real estate renting and business activities

21,690

23,490

26,250

27,240

27,810

28,700

29,770

31,220

32,420

34,610

Public administration and defence

57,260

56,800

57,110

57,380

58,120

59,650

59,050

59,930

59,490

58,980

Education

57,050

57,090

57,470

58,920

58,010

58,790

61,100

62,100

62,310

61,270

Health and social work

77,170

79,110

80,550

82,140

84,920

86,530

88,820

92,140

91,280

91,990

Other service activities

22,650

23,710

24,290

24,830

25,730

25,840

27,400

26,270

25,770

26,460

Services

356,610

365,470

376,330

383,960

390,080

396,210

408,600

421,980

423,160

430,280

All industries and services

517,210

526,640

538,160

542,1070

543,570

546,410

559,100

575,680

574,030

584,110

(Source: Northern Ireland Annual Abstract of Statistics, 1998, p.95)



Civilian Workforce in Northern Ireland, 1988-1997

 

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

Males

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employees in employment

272,300

274,100

278,200

277,500

275,400

275,900

280,400

287,200

284,300

289,700

Self-employed

72,000

70,600

74,900

76,500

69,800

69,800

71,500

70,600

66,100

65,900

Civil employed

344,300

344,700

353,100

354,000

345,200

345,700

351,900

357,800

350,400

355,600

Unemployed (claimant based)

84,300

76,900

71,900

75,300

80,300

79,300

74,600

67,000

65,500

48,200

Total working population

428,700

421,700

425,000

429,300

425,500

425,000

426,500

424,900

415,900

403,800

Work related training schemes

5,300

6,500

8,500

13,500

12,100

10,500

10,100

10,100

9,900

9,200

Total male civilian workforce

433,900

428,200

433,500

442,800

437,600

435,500

436,600

435,000

425,900

413,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Females

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employees in employment

244,900

252,500

259,900

264,600

268,200

270,500

278,700

288,500

289,700

294,400

Self-employed

15,000

14,400

15,400

15,700

13,500

10,900

10,700

12,200

11,500

15,900

Civil employed

259,800

267,000

275,300

280,300

281,700

281,400

289,400

300,700

301,200

310,200

Unemployed (claimant based)

31,300

27,300

23,200

22,900

24,000

23,500

21,600

18,400

19,200

12,600

Total working population

291,100

294,300

298,500

303,200

305,700

304,900

311,000

319,100

320,400

322,800

Work related training schemes

2,900

3,400

4,200

6,800

6,500

6,000

5,800

5,600

6,000

4,900

Total female civilian workforce

294,000

297,700

302,700

310,000

312,200

310,900

316,800

324,600

326,400

327800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All persons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employees in employment

517,200

526,600

538,200

542,100

543,600

546,400

559,100

575,700

574,000

584,100

Self-employed

87,000

85,100

90,300

92,200

83,300

80,700

82,200

82,800

77,700

81,700

Civil employed

604,200

611,700

628,500

634,300

626,900

627,100

641,300

658,500

651,700

665,900

Unemployed (claimant based)

115,600

104,200

95,100

98,200

104,300

102,900

96,200

85,500

84,700

60,800

Total working population

719,800

716,000

723,500

732,500

731,200

729,900

737,500

743,900

736,400

726,700

Work related training schemes

8,100

10,000

12,700

20,300

18,600

16,500

15,800

15,700

15,900

14,100

All persons

727,900

725,900

736,200

752,800

749,800

746,400

753,400

759,600

752,300

740,700

(Source: Northern Ireland Annual Abstract of Statistics (1998), p.91)




Employment Structure of the Civilian workforce: A comparison with England, Scotland and Wales
(in thousands)

.
Northern Ireland

1978

1981

1986

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

Employees in employment

523

507

502

542

545

550

560

572

574

Self employed

65

70

76

92

83

81

82

83

78

Claimant unemployed

71

114

135

104

110

108

99

90

90

Work Related Govt. -supported training

-

-

10

20

20

18

19

15

21

Civilian Workforce

659

691

722

759

759

758

759

760

762

Males

404

421

433

446

443

441

439

434

432

Females

255

270

289

313

316

316

320

326

330


England

Employees in employment

19,310

18,384

18,155

18,608

18,098

18,173

18,281

18,434

18,797

Self employed

1,688

1,955

2,464

2,886

2,775

2,733

2,829

2,848

2,903

Claimant unemployed

95

169

180

119

129

132

118

108

1,720

Work Related Govt. -supported training

-

-

229

253

239

239

224

178

148

Civilian Workforce

22,169

22,731

23,502

23,752

23,479

23,575

23,473

23,359

23,569

Males

13,522

13,788

13,728

13,481

13,304

13,263

13,147

13,023

13,114

Females

8,647

8,942

9,774

10,271

10,175

10,313

10,327

10,336

10,445


Scotland 

Employees in employment

2,077

1,985

1,876

2,004

1,993

1,974

1,967

1,947

1,988

Self employed

140

139

178

221

216

220

219

236

228

Claimant unemployed

180

324

363

222

241

241

224

195

191

Work Related Govt.- supported training

-

-

28

45

39

32

31

30

27

Civilian Workforce

2,397

3,449

2,445

2,492

2,489

2,467

2,441

2,409

2,434

Males

1,430

1,447

1,425

1,401

1,404

1,369

1,356

1,335

1,308

Females

967

1,002

1,021

1,091

1,085

1,098

1,085

1,074

1,126


Wales

Employees in employment

1,021

939

893

964

944

959

977

975

970

Self employed

131

120

147

163

159

162

175

163

164

Claimant unemployed

95

169

180

119

129

132

118

108

103

Work Related Govt.- supported training

-

-

18

20

18

17

15

12

10

Civilian Workforce

1,247

1,228

1,239

1,265

1,251

1,269

1,287

1,258

1,247

Males

786

762

744

723

715

723

733

701

689

Females

461

466

495

542

536

546

554

556

558

(Source: Regional Trends, 1978-1997)





Numbers of Individuals in Self-Employment in Northern Ireland

 

.

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

Males

Agriculture

22,700

22,400

22,300

21,300

21,100

20,800

20,400

20,100

20,100

19,100

18,500

19,000

Production

17,600

18,900

19,800

21,200

24,000

24,000

21,100

20,800

2,9,800

25,100

22,100

19,700

Services

22,900

28,200

29,800

28,100

29,900

31,700

28,300

28,800

29,800

25,100

25,500

27,100

All Males

63,200

69,400

72,000

70,600

74,900

76,500

69,800

69,800

71,500

70,600

66,100

65,900

Females

Agriculture

2,800

2,700

2,800

2,300

2,100

2,100

2,300

1,700

1,600

1,400

1,300

1,100

Production

700

700

900

1,000

1,100

1,200

1,300

1,400

1,400

1,500

900

2,200

Services

9,000

10,400

11,300

11,100

12,100

12,400

9,900

7,900

7,700

9,200

9,200

12,500

All Females

12,500

13,800

15,000

14,400

15,400

15,700

13,500

10,900

10,700

12,200

11,500

15,900

All Persons

Agriculture

25,400

25,000

25,100

23,700

23,300

22,900

22,700

21,800

21,700

20,500

19,800

20,100

Production

18,300

19,600

20,700

22,200

25,100

25,300

22,400

22,200

23,000

27,900

23,100

22,000

Services

32,000

38,500

41,100

39,200

41,900

44,100

38,200

36,700

37,600

34,400

34,800

39,700

All Persons

75,700

83,200

87,000

85,100

90,300

92,200

83,300

80,700

82,200

82,800

77,700

81,700

Source: Northern Ireland Annual Abstract of Statistics, (1996) p.102
Northern Ireland Annual Abstract of Statistics, (1998) p.96





Religious Composition of the Monitored Northern Ireland Workforce, 1997
(by Standard Occupational Classification)

 

 

Protestant

Roman Catholic

Non-
Determined

Total

Managers and Administrators

22,053
(60.9%) [63.6%]

12,604
(34.8%) [36.4%]

1,528
(4.2%)

36,185
(9.1%)

Professional Occupations

10,744
(51.2%) [59.0%]

7,479
(
35.6%) [41.0%]

2,771
(13.2%)

20,994
(5.3%)

Associate Professional & Technical Occupations

22,222
(53.6%) [57.7%]

16,318
(39.4%) [42.3%]

2,900
(7.0%)

41,440
(10.4%)

Clerical & Secretarial Occupations

39,139
(59.9%) [61.8%]

24,869
(36.9%) [38.2%]

2,161
(3.2%)

66,169
(16.6%)

Craft & Skilled Manual Occupations

27,570
(61.8%) [63.5%]

15,819
(35.5%) [36.5%]

1,226
(2.7%)

44,615
(11.2%)

Personal & Protective Service Occupations

34,183
(63.9%) [67.5%]

16,444
(30.7%) [32.5%]

2,897
(5.4%)

53,524
(13.4%)

Sales Occupations

18,173
(58.4%)[60.5%]

11,863
(38.1%) [39.5%]

1,064
(3.4%)

31,100
(7.8%)

Plant and Machine Operatives

31,910
(56.3%) [57.7%]

23,419
(41.3%) [42.3%]

1,362
(2.4%)

56,691
(14.2%)

Other Occupations

26,944
(56.4%) [59.2%]

18,540
(38.8%) [40.8%]

2,250
(4.7%)

47,734
(12.0%)

TOTAL

232,938
(58.5%) [61.3%]

147,355
(37.0%) [38.7%]

18,159
(4.6%)

398,452
(100%)

Note: Figures in square brackets [ ] denote the composition of those for whom a community was determined.

Source: Fair Employment Commission: Monitoring Report No. 8: A Profile of Northern Ireland Workforce, Summary of Monitoring Returns 1997, Appendix 1.



Size of the Protestant and Catholic Workforce in the top 40 companies (by number of employees) in Northern Ireland, 1997

     

Protestants

Catholics

 

Rank

Name of Company

Total No. Employees

No.

% [2]

No.

% [2]

N.D[1]

1

Short Brothers PLC.

6,058

5,016

85.5

851

14.5

191

2

Desmond & Sons Ltd.

3,679

1,158

31.9

2,472

68.1

49

3

Queen's University of Belfast, The

3,045

1,611

67.9

763

32.1

671

4

University of Ulster

2,962

1,713

69.2

763

30.8

486

5

British Telecom Northern Ireland

2,810

1,567

56.6

1,203

43.4

40

6

Stewarts Supermarkets Ltd.

2,698

1,974

73.8

701

26.2

23

7

Adria Ltd.

2,682

372

14.1

2,263

85.9

47

8

Moy Park Ltd.

2,565

1,505

60.5

982

39.5

78

9

Super Valu Distribution Ltd.

2,551

1,202

48.5

1,277

51.5

72

10

Northern Ireland Electricity PLC.

2,254

1,642

73.8

583

26.2

29

11

Northern Bank Ltd.

2,196

1,634

75.3

537

24.7

25

12

Ulster Bank Ltd.

1,853

1,294

70.8

533

29.2

26

13

Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Ltd.

1,830

432

23.6

1,395

76.4

3

14

Crazy Prices

1,722

1,018

59.1

704

40.9

0

15

Gardner merchant Ltd.

1,546

878

58.1

632

41.9

36

16

Compass Services Ltd.

1,421

829

60.4

543

39.6

49

17

Harland & Wolff Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries Ltd.

1,421

1,283

94.2

79

5.8

59

18

Marks & Spencer PLC.

1,330

739

56.9

559

43.1

32

19

Wilson FG (Engineering) Ltd.

1,293

999

78.7

271

21.3

23

20

AIB Group Northern Ireland PLC

1,288

642

53.3

562

46.7

84

21

Grafton Recruitment

1,183

537

45.8

635

54.2

11

22

Sandown Private Nursing Homes Ltd.

1,159

784

70.3

331

29.7

44

23

Michelin Tyre PLC

1,136

810

73.3

295

26.7

31

24

Gallagher Ltd.

1,114

940

85.9

154

14.1

20

25

Courtaulds Textiles (Holdings) Ltd.

1,092

510

47.0

575

53.0

7

26

Northern Telecom (NI)

1,074

765

76.3

237

23.7

72

27

AVX Ltd.

1,049

738

74.4

524

25.6

57

28

Bank of Ireland

886

403

46.0

473

54.0

10

29

Daewoo Electronics UK Ltd

854

548

65.8

285

34.2

21

30

Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd.

813

538

71.3

217

28.7

58

31

Crestacare (NI) Ltd.

788

582

76.2

182

23.8

24

32

Boots Company PLC, The

772

471

63.7

268

36.3

33

33

Nacco Materials Holding (NI) Ltd.

763

476

63.9

269

36.1

18

34

Connors Chemists Ltd.

759

407

56.2

317

43.8

35

35

European Components Company Ltd.

702

595

85.1

104

14.9

3

36

ISS Mediclean Ltd.

694

341

57.8

249

42.2

104

37

Coats Viyella Clothing Shirts & Leisurewear

687

365

54.1

310

45.9

12

38

Extra Care for Elderly People Ltd.

666

371

59.4

254

40.6

41

39

Du Pont (UK) Ltd.

650

227

35.4

414

64.6

9

40

O'Kane Poultry Ltd.

603

430

73.5

155

26.5

18

Source: Fair Employment Commission (1998) Monitoring Report No. 8: A Profile of the Northern Ireland Workforce - Summary of Monitoring Returns 1997

Notes:

[1]

ND - Non Determined

[2]

For purposes of calculating percentages, the Fair Employment Commission Report excludes those with no denomination. Hence the percentage of Protestant and Catholic add up to 100%. Those excluded tend to be people born outside Northern Ireland




Numbers involved in Employment and Training Programmes in Northern Ireland (1995)

Programme
Total Numbers
Trainees on Adult courses
150
Future Managers training
450
Adults in Enterprise Ulster (trainees)
1,250
Adults in Enterprise Ulster (employees)
200
Action for Community Employment
7,700
Job Training Programme (JTP)
100
Employment Support (for the disabled)
600
Community Work Programme
550
Jobskills
13,850
Youth Training Programme (YTP)
4,200
Total (Numbers Involved)
29,050

Source: Irish Almanac and Yearbook of Facts, 1997




Unemployment in Northern Ireland, by Age and Duration: All Persons (Claimant based)

Duration of Unemployment
<18
19
20-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-54
55-59
>60
All Ages
April 1995
1 week or less
99
88
440
350
264
213
182
197
147
75
22
2,077
1-2 weeks
99
101
453
295
217
166
116
120
140
116
33
1,856
2-4 weeks
165
140
653
436
291
191
141
125
114
80
25
1,856
4-6 weeks
143
158
592
375
285
192
167
130
86
60
18
2,206
6-8 weeks
134
149
546
390
300
206
162
146
124
80
19
2,256
8-13 weeks
317
352
1,267
887
585
434
309
313
257
208
44
4,973
13-26 weeks
491
632
2,291
1,712
1,288
814
616
542
464
376
110
9,336
26-39 weeks
413
879
1,838
1,377
943
619
506
407
418
309
78
7,787
39-52 weeks
145
352
1,380
903
701
461
387
347
320
256
54
5,306
52-65 weeks
8
243
812
770
603
468
351
301
304
330
67
4,257
65-78 weeks
3
149
650
561
423
330
253
241
205
198
25
3,038
78-104 weeks
3
264
1,271
1,046
854
621
515
471
360
346
26
5,777
2-3 years
-
4
1,485
1,414
1,325
1,058
836
768
655
602
47
8,194
3-4 years
-
-
825
1,127
1,009
873
643
640
509
462
48
6,136
4-5 years
-
-
378
766
795
674
555
465
405
303
28
4,369
Over 5 years
-
-
289
1,580
2,640
2,856
2,758
2,871
2,499
2,521
100
18,114
All Persons
2,020
3,511
15,170
13,989
12,523
10,176
8,497
8,084
7,007
6,322
744
88,043
October 1995
1 week or less
152
113
521
315
166
136
99
84
60
58
14
1,718
1-2 weeks
143
135
659
405
201
167
137
114
131
100
20
2,212
2-4 weeks
282
230
971
533
304
247
169
153
114
85
28
3,116
4-6 weeks
637
396
983
518
345
271
194
165
158
135
30
3,832
6-8 weeks
137
201
609
365
243
162
121
92
80
51
20
2,081
8-13 weeks
332
343
1,199
796
505
396
268
236
203
143
40
4,461
13-26 weeks
559
696
3,114
1,712
1,151
830
582
493
436
346
81
10,000
26-39 weeks
206
279
1,341
1,146
880
648
486
441
420
345
79
6,271
39-52 weeks
91
220
963
845
700
474
331
305
273
235
69
4,506
52-65 weeks
5
377
939
729
559
378
288
270
255
204
40
4,044
65-78 weeks
1
192
724
537
449
295
253
231
213
177
14
3,086
78-104 weeks
-
140
898
905
753
533
439
404
373
397
40
4,882
2-3 years
-
8
1,343
1,264
1,149
965
692
698
591
538
53
7,301
3-4 years
-
-
780
1,003
942
790
631
604
517
459
35
5,761
4-5 years
-
-
407
721
744
663
501
522
396
325
26
4,305
Over 5 years
-
-
284
1,517
2,700
2,828
2,780
2,851
2,470
2,411
121
17,962
All Persons
2,545
3,330
15,735
13,311
11,791
7,983
7,971
7,663
6,690
6,009
710
85,538

Source: Northern Ireland Annual Abstract of Statistics, 1996



Unemployment in Northern Ireland by Area: 1996-1997

 

1996

1997

Area

Persons

%

Persons

%

Ballymena

1,864

6.0

1,391

4.8

Belfast

34,800

8.2

27,335

6.5

Coleraine

4,572

11.2

3,578

8.8

Cookstown

1,484

13.0

973

8.6

Craigavon

5,579

7.6

4,347

6.0

Derry

7,941

13.3

7,041

11.6

Dungannon

2,281

11.1

1,813

8.6

Enniskillen

2,780

11.1

2,350

9.2

Magherafelt

1,556

9.8

1,159

7.5

Newry

4,625

13.1

3,725

10.7

Omagh

2,364

10.9

1,993

9.2

Strabane

2,094

15.3

1,827

12.6

(Source: Irish Almanac and Yearbook of Facts, 1999, p.75)



Unemployment Rates in Northern Ireland, by Qualifications and Age (1981-1993)

.

Age 25-34
Qualification

Age 35-54
Qualification

 

Yes

No

Yes

No

1981

6.9%

27.5%

5.4%

15.4%

1984

13.9%

26.7%

3.5%

18.4%

1989

8.9%

35.4%

7.5%

18.1%

1991

9.8%

29.8%

8.6%

20.3%

1993

13.4%

30.4%

9.1%

20.8%

(Source: Irish Almanac and Yearbook of Facts, 1997)




Percentage rate of Unemployment in Travel-to-Work Areas in Northern Ireland
(1989 and 1996)

Area
Percentage Unemployed
 
1989
1996
Ballymena
11.3
7.6
Belfast
15.2
10.0
Coleraine
20.1
12.8
Cookstown
29.2
15.2
Craigavon
16.1
9.3
Dungannon
24.4
13.2
Enniskillen
21.2
12.4
Derry
24.3
15.6
Magherafelt
22.8
12.3
Newry
25.8
16.2
Omagh
19.1
11.9
Strabane
29.3
17.8
All Northern Ireland
21.5%
10.9%

Sources: A.M. Gallagher, The Majority Minority Review, No.2. Employment, Unemployment and Religion in Northern Ireland, 1991; Irish Almanac and Yearbook of Facts, 1997




Percentage Rate of Unemployment, by Religious Affiliation (1971-1987)

 

Protestant (%)

Catholic (%)

 

Male

Female

Male

Female

1971

7

4

17

7

1981

12

10

30

17

1983-84

15

11

35

17

1985-87

14

9

36

15

Source: A. M. Gallagher, The Majority Minority Review, No.2, Employment, Unemployment and Religion in Northern Ireland




Top 40 Companies/Employers in Northern Ireland, by number of employees (1997)

Rank

Name of Company/Employer

Total No.
Employees

1

Short Brothers PLC.

6,058

2

Desmond & Sons Ltd.

3,679

3

Queen's University of Belfast, The

3,045

4

University of Ulster

2,962

5

British Telecom Northern Ireland

2,810

6

Stewarts Supermarkets Ltd.

2,698

7

Adria Ltd.

2,682

8

Moy Park Ltd.

2,565

9

Super Valu Distribution Ltd.

2,551

10

Northern Ireland Electricity PLC.

2,254

11

Northern Bank Ltd.

2,196

12

Ulster Bank Ltd.

1,853

13

Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Ltd.

1,830

14

Crazy Prices

1,722

15

Gardner merchant Ltd.

1,546

16

Compass Services Ltd.

1,421

17

Harland & Wolff Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries Ltd.

1,421

18

Marks & Spencer PLC.

1,330

19

Wilson FG (Engineering) Ltd.

1,293

20

AIB Group Northern Ireland PLC

1,288

21

Grafton Recruitment

1,183

22

Sandown Private Nursing Homes Ltd.

1,159

23

Michelin Tyre PLC

1,136

24

Gallagher Ltd.

1,114

25

Courtaulds Textiles (Holdings) Ltd.

1,092

26

Northern Telecom (NI)

1,074

27

AVX Ltd.

1,049

28

Bank of Ireland

886

29

Daewoo Electronics UK Ltd

854

30

Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd.

813

31

Crestacare (NI) Ltd.

788

32

Boots Company PLC, The

772

33

Nacco Materials Holding (NI) Ltd.

763

34

Connors Chemists Ltd.

759

35

European Components Company Ltd.

702

36

ISS Mediclean Ltd.

694

37

Coats Viyella Clothing Shirts & Leisurewear

687

38

Extra Care for Elderly People Ltd.

666

39

Du Pont (UK) Ltd.

650

40

O'Kane Poultry Ltd.

603

Source: Fair Employment Commission (1998) Monitoring Report No. 8: A Profile of the Northern Ireland Workforce - Summary of Monitoring Returns 1997


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