Working Time (QNHS Modules)


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Employees aged 15 and over by whether they work overtime, by payment status for overtime hours worked, by whether they have the autonomy to plan both when and how their work is carried out, by whether they work shift work, all by region, sex, age group, NACE economic sector, broad occupation group and usual hours per week.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


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


All persons in employment aged 15 & over.



Reference period

The quarter covered by the relevant QNHS survey

Start date

2001 quarter 2


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
    15-19 years; 20-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-54; 55-64; 65+ years.
  • 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.
  • Occupation
    Managers and administrators; Professional; Associate professional and technical; Clerical and secretarial; Craft and related; Personal and protective service; Sales; Plant and machine operatives; Other.
  • Hours worked
    1-9 hours; 10-19; 20-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45+ hours; Variable hours.
  • Payment status for overtime
    No overtime hours paid; Some overtime hours paid; All overtime hours paid.
  • Working day structure
    At employee's discretion; By agreement with employer; Defined bands, but cannot build up hours; Days can be claimed back; Hours can be claimed back.


Labour Market and Earnings - Labour Market

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