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Date Last Updated: 17-12-2018

Survey Name:

Educational Attainment Thematic Report

Survey purpose:

This report is based on the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (formally known as the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS)) data. The LFS is a large-scale, nationwide survey of households in Ireland. It is designed to produce quarterly labour force estimates that include the official measure of employment and unemployment in the state (International Labour Organisation classification). Questions on educational attainment are included in the core LFS questionnaire each quarter.

Legislative Basis National:

Legislative Basis European:

EU Council Regulation No 577/98


Five years

Statistical Population:

All individuals living in private households

Sampling Frame:

All private households

Reference Area:


Time Coverage:


Base Period:

Non applicable

Sector Coverage:

Non applicable

Survey Size:

Over 30,000 households are surveyed every quarter

Principal Variables:

Highest level of education attained, ILO status (employed, unemployed etc.), sex, age, nationality, region of residence.

Principal External Users:

European Union/Eurostat, Department of Education, SOLAS, other research centers and universities involved in education research, national media, general public

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Social & Demographic Statistics

Contact Person:

Helen McGrath

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000