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CSO statistical release, 19 December 2017, 11am

Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC)

2016 results

Table A Summary of main results
  20122013201420152016
Income 
Nominal Income - Equivalised disposable income per individual
Median 18,27618,26218,86420,00020,597
Mean 21,57821,99522,39623,30123,852
At risk of poverty threshold
(60% of median income) 10,96610,95711,31812,00012,358
Real Income1 - Equivalised disposable income per individual
Median 18,27618,07818,62319,77220,379
Mean 21,57821,77322,10923,03523,599
At risk of poverty threshold
(60% of median income) 10,96610,84611,17311,86312,227
Poverty & deprivation rates %%%%%
At risk of poverty rate 17.316.517.216.916.5
Deprivation rate2 26.930.529.025.521.0
Deprivation rate for those at risk of poverty 48.955.151.251.550.7
Consistent poverty rate 8.59.18.88.78.3
Income equality indicators
Gini coefficient (%) 31.832.032.030.830.6
Income quintile share ratio 5.15.05.14.74.7
1 Deflator base year 2012.
2 Experienced two or more types of enforced deprivation.

Income increased in 2016

Figure 1  Real and nominal equivalised disposable income, 2007-2016
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The Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) in Ireland is a household survey covering a broad range of issues in relation to income and living conditions.  It is the official source of data on household and individual income and also provides a number of key national poverty indicators, such as the ‘at risk of poverty’ rate, the consistent poverty rate and rates of enforced deprivation.  This report presents the results for 2016 and comparable data for previous years.

 Summary of main findings 

  • In 2016, the nominal median annual equivalised disposable income was €20,597 representing an increase of 3.0% on the nominal 2015 value of €20,000.  The real* median annual equivalised disposable income was €20,379, an increase of 3.1% on the previous year’s figure.  These changes are statistically significant.  See summary table A & figure 1.
  • The Gini coefficient in 2016 was 30.6% compared with 30.8% in 2015.  This change is not statistically significant.
  • The quintile share ratio was 4.7 in 2016, the same as the 2015 ratio. 
  • In 2016, the ‘at risk of poverty’ rate was 16.5% compared with 16.9% in 2015.  This change is not statistically significant.
  • Enforced deprivation was experienced by 21.0% of the population, down from 25.5% in 2015.  This change is statistically significant.  The deprivation rate for those at risk of poverty was 50.7% in 2016, down slightly from 51.5% in 2015.  This change is not statistically significant.
  • The consistent poverty rate was 8.3%, not a statistically significant change on the 2015 figure of 8.7%. 

*Real Income figures are based on 2012 prices.