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Is full-time paid maternity leave in the UK one of the lowest in Europe?
7 May 2021This claim is accurate. In an OECD report, the UK ranked 9th lowest of 33 European countries for “full-rate equivalent” paid maternity leave. Including home
Does the tech sector employ 26% of the workforce in Belfast?
17 September 2020The newspaper article misinterprets the Tech Nation “Jobs and Skills Report 2020”, which states that for Belfast, from June to August 2020, 26% of job
Did DUP MPs vote against pay rises for nurses, firefighters, and police officers?
15 November 2019On 28 June 2017, all 10 DUP MPs voted against an amendment on the Queen’s Speech, to end the public sector pay cap. On 13
Were 1,900 jobs created by Belfast City Council?
21 December 2018This claim is inaccurate. 420 new jobs created plus 447 job vacancies filled. An unknown number of new jobs have been created from council’s City
Are one in five PSNI new constables Catholic?
17 October 2018The claim is only accurate for years 2013 to 2015. PSNI composition In 1999, when 8.3% of police officers were Catholics, the Independent Commission for
How much do MLAs earn (or not)?
21 October 2017The claim is accurate. The annual salary of an MLA is £49,500. For the period covered by the claim (13/3-13/9/2017), MLAs received a combined estimate
Is the Northern Ireland workforce 50-50 Protestant-Catholic?
11 May 2016This claim is unsubstantiated. Recent data show a marked increase of Catholics in the workforce, to nearly as many of Protestants. However, the margin of
Do almost 1% of people earn less than the minimum wage?
3 May 2016This claim is accurate. This claim can be substantiated by numerous government surveys and reports. There has been further investigation by organisations in the United