Pension Provision (QNHS Module)


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Occupational and personal pension coverage, classified by region, sex, age group, marital status and ILO employment status; employees, self employed and persons assisting relatives, classified by occupational pension scheme coverage, sex, economic sector, hours worked, occupation, size of local unit, whether they made additional voluntary contributions; persons in employment by expected main source of income on retirement; persons in employment without a pension by main reason for not having a pension.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


The CSO Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) special modules.


All persons in employment aged between 20 and 69.



Reference period

The quarter covered by the relevant QNHS survey

Start date

2002 quarter 1


Typically from 6 to 12 months after the end of the reference period


  • Region (NUTS3)
    Border; Dublin; Mid-East; Midland; Mid-West; South-East; South-West; West.
  • Age
    20-24 years; 25-34; 35-44; 45-54; 55-69 years.
  • Marital status
    Single; Married; Separated/divorced; Widowed.
  • Employment status
    Self employed; Employee.
  • Economic sector
    A-B Agriculture, forestry and fishing; C-E Other production industries; F Construction; G Wholesale and retail trade; H Hotels and restaurants; I Transport, storage and communication; J-K Financial and other business services; L Public administration and defence; M Education; N Health; O-Q Other services.
  • Hours worked
    1-9 hours; 10-19; 20-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45+ hours; Variable hours.
  • Occupational group
    Managers and administrators; Professional; Associate professional and technical; Clerical and secretarial; Craft and related; Personal and protective service; Sales; Plant and machine operatives; Other.
  • Local unit size
    1-4; 5-49; 50-99; 100-499; 500+; Don't know.
  • Retirement income expected main source
    Occupational or personal pension; Spouse or partner's occupational or personal pension; State social welfare old age pension; Savings or investments/sale of business, farm or other property; Other; Don't know.
  • Pension (reason for not having one)
    Never got around to organising a pension; Don't understand pension; Can't afford pension; Unable to access prior to retirement; No schemes available through work; Other sources adequate; Spouse or partner good pension; Other; Don't know.


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