Earnings and Labour Costs


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Employment, average hourly earnings, average irregular earnings, average overtime earnings, average weekly paid hours, other labour costs, hourly labour costs, earnings per week, hourly earnings for time worked, total annual labour costs, average annual labour costs. Classified by sector, occupation and size of enterprise.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


The CSO Earnings and Labour Costs Survey (EHECS) has replaced the four-yearly Labour Cost Survey, and also replaces all other existing CSO short-term earnings inquiries.


The survey results cover all sectors of the economy other than agriculture, forestry and fishing and relates to enterprises with 3 or more employees.



Reference period

Calendar quarter

Start date

2008 quarter 1


Preliminary estimates are available within 2 months and final results are available within 5 months


  • Economic sector (NACE Revision 2)
    B-E Industry; F Construction; G Wholesale & retail trade: repair of motor vehicles & motorcycles; H Transportation & storage; I Accommodation & food services activities; J Information & communication; K-L Financial, insurance & real estate activities; M Professional, scientific & technical activities; N Administrative & support services activities; O Public administration & defence; P Education; Q Human health & social work activities; R-S Arts, entertainment, recreation & other service activities.
  • Economic sector (broad)
    Private sector; Public sector.
  • Occupational group (broad)
    Managers, professionals & associated professionals; Clerical, sales and service employees; Production, transport, craft and other manual workers.
  • Enterprise size
    Less than 50 employees; 50-250; 250+ employees.


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