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Statistics and salaries

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Salary levels Typical salaries (shown as £000s) are as follows:


Architect ner (six years' experience) Northern Ireland 25 29 37 Republic of Ireland 35 40 60 Central 36 40 50 South-west 30 35 40 Wales 29 35 40 West Midlands 26.5 30 38 East Midlands 27.5 29.5 40 East 27 30 39 North 27 30 36 Yorkshire & Humberside 28 35 36 North 25 27 38 Scotland 23.5 Salary information taken from Hays Montrose website www. hays-montrose. co. uk Population Northern Ireland:1,688,600 (1998 estimate) Republic of Ireland: 3,705,000 Total: 5,393,600 Total area 70,280km 2(Republic of Ireland), 142,450km 2(Northern Ireland) Natural resources (mainly Republic) zinc, lead, natural gas, barite, copper, gypsum, limestone, dolomite, peat, silver Northern Ireland

ECONOMY From 1990-2000, manufacturing output increased by 47.7 per cent compared with 8.7 per cent for the UK as a whole

INDUSTRIES (PERCENTAGE) Manufacturing 17 , construction 5, services 75, other (including agriculture, mining, electricity provision, etc) 3 (based on employment levels 2000)

DEMOGRAPHICS Some 54.6 per cent of the population are aged under 35, while 24.7 per cent are aged under 16

RELIGION (PERCENTAGE) Roman Catholic 41.5, Protestant (various) 48.5, others 5, atheist 3.7, not stated 7.3 (1991 UK census figures) Republic of Ireland


ECONOMY Industry accounts for 39 per cent of GDP, about 80 per cent of exports, and employs 28 per cent of the labour force.By contrast, agriculture accounts for seven per cent and services 54 per cent (1997 figures)

INDUSTRIES (PERCENTAGE) Agriculture 4, industry 38, services 58

EXPORTS US$60.9 billion (1998)

EXPORT PARTNERS (PERCENTAGE) EU 67 (UK 24, Germany 12, France 8 ), US 11 (1997 figures)

IMPORTS US$43.7 billion (1998)

RELIGION (PERCENTAGE) Roman Catholic 93, Anglican 3, others 3, atheist 1

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