Over half of individuals in Northern Ireland had a household income below the average wage over the last financial year.
New figures from the Households below Average Income (HBAI) report show that 58% of individuals in Northern Ireland had a household income below the Northern Ireland mean income of £497 a week (£25,844 a year) in 2016/17.
This compares to 64% with an income below the mean income of £597 across the United Kingdom.
While almost three fifths of people across Northern Ireland had a household income below the UK £494 per week average.
In 2016/17 average median household income before housing costs before household costs (BHC) increased to £452 per week (£23,600 per year), representing a 3% increase from the previous year. The after housing costs (AHC) income also increased by 3% to £409.
Although the Northern Ireland income levels remain lower than those in the UK as a whole, the rate of increase in 2016/17 was higher in Northern Ireland (3 percentage points compared to 2 percentage points in the UK).
In 2016/17 18% of individuals were considered to be in relative poverty before housing costs (BHC), this is comparable to 17% in 2015/16.
An individual is considered to be in relative poverty if they are living in a household with an equivalised income below 60% of UK median income in the year in question.
The proportion of children in relative poverty was 22% in 2016/17 (BHC) which is comparable to the 21% estimate in the previous year. That is defined as children living in a household below 60% of the UK average income.
The proportion of working-age adults in relative poverty in 2016/17 remained the same as 2015/16 at 16% (BHC).
Working age adults make up 60% of the Northern Ireland population.