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Date Last Updated: 27-03-2018

Survey Name:

Earnings and Labour Costs Quarterly

Survey purpose:

To maintain a series of quarterly and annual earnings and labour costs across economic sectors

Legislative Basis National:

S.I. No 140 of 2013 Statistics (Labour Costs Survey) Order 2013

Legislative Basis European:

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1503/2006 of 28 September 2006 implementing and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98,

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1216/2003 of 7 July 2003



Statistical Population:

Individual enterprises in NACE sectors B-S with 3 or more employees.

Sampling Frame:

Annual sampling frame from the Central Business Register is synchronised with a local register towards the end of each year. The local register is also updated on an on-going basis using data received in the EHECS survey and other CSO sources.Variables updated include:employment,contact details, births and deaths and changes in enterprise structure.

Reference Area:


Time Coverage:

2008 to 2017

Base Period:

Not applicable

Sector Coverage:

All enterprises in NACE sectors B-S with 50 or more employees and a sample of those with 3 to 49 employees are surveyed each quarter.

Survey Size:


Principal Variables:

Average weekly earnings, average hourly earnings, average weekly paid hours, average hourly total labour costs, job vacancies, job vacancy rate, public sector employment, public sector earnings

Principal External Users:

There is wide national usage from other Government Departments, economists and research bodies. International users also access data from Eurostat and the ILO.

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Business Statistics

Contact Person:

Brian Cahill

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Gerard Brett, Karen Desmond.

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000