CLAIM: The provision of full-time (equivalent) maternity pay in the UK is among the lowest in Europe.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. In an OECD report, the UK ranked 9th lowest of 33 European countries for “full-rate equivalent” paid maternity leave. Including home care leave (childcare), the UK ranks 4th lowest in Europe. Continue reading Is full-time paid maternity leave in the UK one of the lowest in Europe?
CLAIM: In Belfast, the digital sector employs 26 per cent of the workforce.
CONCLUSION: INACCURATE. The newspaper article misinterprets the Tech Nation “Jobs and Skills Report 2020”, which states that for Belfast, from June to August 2020, 26% of job adverts at the online search site Adzuna were in the category of IT and engineering jobs. Using the most recent figures available from NISRA, we estimate that 8% of the workforce in Belfast is employed in jobs that fall into this category.
UPDATE: The Times corrected its article, in response to our request. Its updated article states that in Belfast, the tech sector makes up 26 per cent of vacancies, not overall employment.
Continue reading Does the tech sector employ 26% of the workforce in Belfast?
CLAIM: One in five school staff in Northern Ireland are assaulted at least once a week.
CONCLUSION: INACCURATE. The survey data was misinterpreted by ICTU. 1 in 10 of those surveyed experience physical abuse at least once weekly. Continue reading 1 in 5 school staff assaulted weekly?
CLAIM: One in five new constables from 2016 and 2017 are from a Catholic community background.
CONCLUSION: UNSUBSTANTIATED. However the claim is accurate for years 2013 to 2015. Continue reading Are one in five PSNI new constables Catholic?