Employment programme statistics

Statistical publications on the Department’s Employment Programmes. The publications contain analysis on programme participation, key personal characteristics of participants and numbers moving into employment. 

Steps 2 Success

The statistical releases below are produced by the Department for Communities (DfC) and provide information on the Department’s main return to work programme, Steps 2 Success.  Steps 2 Success was introduced across Northern Ireland on 20 October 2014 replacing the Steps to Work programme which stopped taking referrals on 30th May 2014. 

Publication Schedule

Steps 2 Success statistics are disseminated quarterly through a Statistical Bulletin or Factsheet

The latest release was published on 31 August 2017 and includes information relating to the number of participants moving into and sustaining employment as well as the number of referrals to, and starts on, the programme.

The Steps 2 Success statistical releases can be accessed below.  

Latest Release:

Previous Releases:

Employment Service Support

The statistical releases below are produced by the Department for Communities (DfC) and provide information on the Employment Service Support which was introduced to facilitate the transition between Steps to Work and Steps 2 Success employment programmes. Employment Service Support started taking enrolments on the 2nd June 2014 and stopped in 31st March 2015.

Publication Schedule

Employment Service Support statistics are disseminated quarterly through a Statistical Factsheet.

The latest release was published on 22nd June 2016 and provides key statistical information on the number of starts and those who moved into employment on leaving.

The Employment Service Support statistical releases can be accessed below.

Latest Release:

Employment Service Support Statistical Factsheet – June 2014 to September 2015

Previous Releases:

Youth Employment Scheme

The statistical factsheet and accompanying tables are produced by the Department and provide analysis on participation and outcomes for the YES programme.

YES Programme

YES was launched by DEL in July 2012, with the aim of assisting young people aged 18-24 to find work. The scheme was entirely voluntary and gave young people the opportunity to gain work experience, develop additional skills and achieve recognised qualifications. The scheme was originally launched as a three year initiative intended to run until the end of March 2015. Although subsequent YES components were re-introduced in August and November 2015 the focus of the publication below covers the original programme over the period July 2012 - March 2015.

Publication Schedule

The statistical factsheet below covers the period July 2012 – March 2015. Subsequent YES statistical publications are still to be determined and are dependent on the future structure of the programme

Steps to Work

The statistical releases and research reports below provide information on the Department’s return to work programme, Steps to Work. The programme was designed to assist those who were unemployed or economically inactive to find and sustain employment. Steps to Work had subsequently been replaced by the Steps 2 Success programme which commenced on the 20th October 2014.

The final release in this series was published on 9 November 2016 and provides key statistical information on programme starts, leavers, occupancy and Contract Management Area Statistics.

The Steps to work statistical releases can be accessed below:

Final Release

Steps to Work statistical bulletins/factsheets 2014/15

Steps to Work statistical bulletins/factsheets 2013/14

Steps to Work statistical bulletins/factsheets 2012/13

Steps to Work statistical bulletins 2011/12

Steps to Work statistical bulletins 2010/11

Quality Assurance

Information on how the statistics are compiled including data collection and production can be accessed below.

Steps to Work Research

The Department commissioned the following Steps to Work research projects to inform and review the implementation of its policies, programs and initiatives.

New Deal

The Department provides Statistics on the main New Deal Programmes in Northern Ireland.

DEL Statistical Bulletins 2004 - 2009

The Statistical Bulletins provide key statistical information for the two main New Deal programmes in Northern Ireland, New Deal for 18 to 24 Year Olds and New Deal 25+. Data is available on numbers participating in New Deal, on key personal characteristics of participants (such as gender and community background), on the New Deal Options chosen within the programme and on destinations after leaving the programme. The Bulletins were published on a quarterly basis with the most recent first.

On 29 September 2008 Steps to Work was introduced in Northern Ireland and subsumed the New Deal programmes. Please use link to statistics on the Steps to Work programme.

Further information


Related to Employment programme statistics

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Communities including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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