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Date Last Updated: 25-03-2021

Survey Name:

Earnings and Labour Costs Quarterly

Survey purpose:

The purpose of the Earnings, Hours and Employment Costs Survey (EHECS) is to collect, compile and disseminate series of quarterly and annual earnings and labour costs statistics across economic sectors in Ireland. The output produced nationally from EHECS is the quarterly and annual Earnings and Labour Costs Release, while EHECS also produces data for Eurostat's Labour Costs Survey, Labour Cost Index, Job Vacancy Survey and Short-term Labour Market Business Statistics.

Legislative Basis National:

S.I. No 115 of 2018 Statistics (Labour Costs Survey) Order 2018

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 2020

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:

Louise Egan (Analysis & Publication), Suzanne Foley (Data Collection)

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Jennifer O'Riordan, Karen Desmond, Audrey Moore, Jessica Mooney (Analysis & Publication), Helen Hayes (Data Collection).

Contact email:,

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000