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Date Last Updated: 11-10-2017

Survey Name:

Quarterly National Household Survey

Survey purpose:

The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) 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). The QNHS also conducts special modules on different social topics on a periodic basis in selected quarters of particular years.

Legislative Basis National:

Not applicable

Legislative Basis European:

Council Regulation 577/98 on the organisation of a labour force sample survey



Statistical Population:

All individuals living in private households

Sampling Frame:

All private households

Reference Area:


Time Coverage:

1998 - 2017

Base Period:

Not Applicable

Sector Coverage:

NACE Rev 2 - classified by divisions

Survey Size:

26,000 households are surveyed every quarter

Principal Variables:

ILO status (employed, unemployed etc.), industry of employment, occupation of employment, status of employment, duration of unemployment etc. Indicators are published by a range of classifications including sex, age, nationality, region of residence and highest level of education attained

Principal External Users:

Eurostat, Government departments, SOLAS, research centres and universities, media and general public

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Social & Demographic Statistics

Contact Person:

Jim Dalton

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Martina O'Callaghan

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000