National Employment Survey


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Mean and median hourly earnings, weekly earnings and weekly hours paid by NACE economic sector, sex, full/part-time status, occupation, private/public sector status, age group, educational attainment, total number of years in employment, nationality and size of enterprise.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


The CSO annual National Employment Survey (NES).


Employment in public and private sectors, excluding agriculture, forestry and fishing. Only employers with more than three employees are covered.



Reference period

March of the reference year

Start date



12 months after the end of the main reference period.


  • Economic sector (NACE)
    BC-D Manufacturing, mining and quarrying; E Electricity, gas and water supply; F Construction; G Wholesale and retail trade; H Hotels and restaurants; I Transport, storage and communication; J Financial intermediation; K Business services; L Public administration and defence; M Education; N Health; O Other services.
  • Occupational group
    Managers and administrators; Professional; Associate professional and technical; Clerical and secretarial; Craft and related trades; Personal and protective services; Sales; Plant and machine operatives; Other.
  • Age
    15-24 years; 25-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60+ years.
  • Education level
    Primary or lower secondary; Higher secondary; Post leaving certificate; Third level non-degree; Third level degree or above.
  • Employment years
    Less than 5 years; 5 to 9; 10 to 19; 20 to 29; 30+ years.
  • Nationality
    Irish; United Kingdom; EU15 excluding Ireland & UK; Accession states EU15 to EU27; Other.
  • Enterprise size
    1-9 employees; 10-49; 50-249; 250-499; 500-999; 1000+ employees.


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