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Date Last Updated: 05-04-2022

Survey Name:

Personal and Work Life Balance - Main Results

Survey purpose:

The purpose of the Personal and Work-Life Balance Survey is to collect information on how people in Ireland balance their work, their personal lives, and their caring commitments. Data that are collected include aspects such as well-being, flexible working arrangements, availability of paid and unpaid leave in employment and barriers to taking leave or availing of flexible working arrangements. Demographic details including date of birth, gender and citizenship are also collected.

Legislative Basis National:

Not applicable

Legislative Basis European:

Not applicable


Ad hoc

Statistical Population:

All individuals aged 18 years and over in the state

Sampling Frame:

General Household Survey

Reference Area:


Time Coverage:


Base Period:

Not applicable

Sector Coverage:

Not applicable

Survey Size:

The total selected sample size for the Personal and Work-Life Balance Survey was 9,600 households. However, only 9,146 were distributed in the field due to coverage issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The achieved sample size was 3,060 individuals.

Principal Variables:

Types of leave taken in the workplace, flexible working arrangements, barriers to taking leave, awareness of entitlements at work.

Principal External Users:

Eurostat, researchers, media, general public

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Social & Demographic Statistics

Contact Person:

Maureen Delamere

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Caroline Barrett

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000