The Equality Commission has published it's 23rd Monitoring Report. This report gives us a breakdown of the numbers and percentage of Protestants and Catholics in the both the public and private sectors of the workforce in Northern Ireland for the year 2012. Protestants represented 53.4% of the workforce, down by 0.3% on 2011. Catholics in the workforce stood at 46.6%, an increase of 0.3% from the 2011 figure of 46.3%. The Protestant percentage has again declined as the Catholic percentage has increased. This trend has been constant as is represented in the following graph:
The reasons why this graph is converging are threefold.
Firstly, there continues to be more Catholic applicants to the monitored workforce than Protestants. In 2012 the Catholic percentage stood at 51.6% and the Protestant percentage was 48.4%.
Secondly the numbers of
Catholic appointees to the workforce in 2012 again exceeded their Protestant counterparts. In 2012 the Catholic percentage stood at 50.9% and the Protestant percentage was 49.1%.
Finally the proportion of Protestant leavers of the workforce in 2012 continues to be higher than the proportion of Catholic leavers. In 2012 the Protestant percentage stood at 52.1% and the Catholic percentage was 47.9%.