As part of the Census 2011 processing programme the place of work, school or college details were geo-coded. All workers resident in Ireland on Census night were coded to their place of work and all Irish resident students from the age of 5 and upwards were coded to their place of school/college. A detailed file containing the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of these residents along with information on the origin and destination of their journeys has been made available for analysis.
The POWSCAR is only available under strict conditions to bone fide researchers who are approved by CSO. The application process is as follows:
All material published from the POWSCAR must be approved in advance by CSO.
For further details on the file content and applying for access to the data see the PDF document below:
AIRO Work Catchments Mapping tool
In collaboration with CSO, the All Island Research Observatory(AIRO) has developed a tool to map travel to work catchments for the 22 Gateways and Hubs defined in the National Spatial Strategy by Electoral Division(ED). Maps are based on the percentage of workers within each ED that work within the settlement boundary for each gateway and hub. The AIRO place of work catchments are based on the 2011 POWSCAR dataset but is available to the general public. Click here to view the map tool.