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Labour Force Survey

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a continuous household survey carried out quarterly.  The UK is obliged under EC regulations to carry out a Labour Force Survey, using internationally agreed definitions of unemployment, employment and economic activity.  Results can be compared with other EU member states.

The main purpose of the survey is to provide information on labour market structure, employment, unemployment and economic activity and groups within the labour market.  It also covers a range of related topics, such as income, qualifications, training and disability.

The sample of addresses for the LFS is obtained from the Valuation & Lands Agency list of domestic properties in Northern Ireland.

At each address, information is collected by computer-assisted interviewing on the economic status and activity of all residents aged 16 and over during a specified week in the quarter (termed the reference week).  Household size and composition is also recorded for each address.

For further information please click www.economy-ni.gov.uk

Telephone Enquiry Point

The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.

While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.

028 9032 1442

Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Us

Please note that we cannot deal with employment-related enquiries by e-mail. To receive information or advice about an employment-related issue, please telephone our Helpline on Belfast 90 321442 where an officer will speak with you directly about your query. Please note that the Agency can arrange the services of an interpreter if required.

If you have an employment relations issue in Great Britain please contact the ACAS Helpline on 0300 123 1100 .

For all non-employment related queries or questions please fill in the box below.