S.I. No. 321/2000 - Statistics (Census of Building and Construction) Order, 2000.

I, SEAMUS BRENNAN, Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 25 (1) of the Statistics Act, 1993 (No. 21 of 1993), and the Statistics (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order, 1997 ( S.I. No. 327 of 1997 ), hereby order as follows:

1. (1) This Order may be cited as the Statistics (Census of Building and Construction) Order, 2000.

(2) This Order shall expire on 22 August 2005.

2. This Order applies to all undertakings, other than public authorities, classified for statistical purposes under Section F of NACE Rev. 1 (set out in the Annex to Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3037/90 of 9 October 19901 , as amended by Commission Regulation (EEC) No. 761/93 of 24 March 19932 ), which are or were engaged in building or construction activities, allied trades or other activities of a like nature at any time during a year in respect of which a survey referred to in Article 3 is undertaken.

3. The Central Statistics Office shall be provided with the Information specified in Article 4 of this Order in statistical form pursuant to surveys (the first of which shall be in the year 2000) undertaken by the Central Statistics Office at intervals of not more than 12 months and shall be so provided in accordance with directions under section 26 of the Statistics Act, 1993 (No. 21 of 1993).

4. An undertaking to which this Order applies is hereby required to provide the Central Statistics Office with information in relation to its building and construction activities and, in particular, shall so provide the information specified in the Schedule to this Order.


1. Particulars of the enterprise.

(a) Description of the principal type of work performed,

(b)  (i) Legal name of enterprise and

(ii) trading name, (if different).

2. Accounting year covered by the return.

3. Changes in Fixed Capital Assets.

Increases and decreases in fixed capital assets, distinguishing separately:

(a) Plant, machinery and equipment (excluding vehicles) installed,

(b) Vehicles,

(c) Building and construction work carried out by employees of the enterprise,

(d) Complete buildings,

(e) Land (not built on),

(f) All other fixed capital assets.

4. Stocks and Work in progress.

The value at the beginning and end of year of stocks and work in progress, distinguishing separately:

(a) Stocks of materials, components and fuels,

(b) Work in progress,

(c) Stocks of finished goods made by the enterprise ready for sale,

(d) Stocks of goods purchased for resale without further processing.

5. Turnover.

The total turnover of the enterprise during the year, distinguishing separately:

(a) Work done as a principal contractor (including work done by sub-contractors for the enterprise), distinguishing building and other construction work,

(b) Work done as a sub-contractor,

(c) Goods produced by the enterprise and

(i)  sold during the year or

(ii)  added to stocks at end of year,

(d) Goods resold without further processing,

(e) All other items of turnover.

6. Purchases of Materials, Fuels and Electricity.

Particulars of the cost of all materials, fuels and electricity purchased.

7. Payments to sub-contractors during the year.

Payments for work done for the enterprise by other businesses on contracts sublet to them, in connection with the work for which particulars are required under paragraph 5 of this Schedule, distinguishing:

(a) Payments for work done by persons working on a labour-only sub-contract basis, and

(b) Payments for work done by all other sub-contractors.

8. Purchases of other Goods and Services.

Purchases of other goods and services, distinguishing separately:

(a) Industrial services supplied to the enterprise by others,

(b) Goods purchased for re-sale without further processing,

(c) Hire and lease of plant, machinery, scaffolding equipment and vehicles,

(d) Rent paid on premises,

(e) Insurance premiums paid on plant, vehicles and premises,

(f) Bank charges (excluding interest charges),

(g) All other non-industrial goods and services (excluding depreciation and bad debts).

9. Indirect Taxes.

(a) Value-added tax:

(i) VAT on total turnover of the enterprise,

(ii) Deductible or recoverable VAT paid or payable by the enterprise on its purchases (including VAT paid on imports at the point of entry) of:

—  Goods and services

—  Capital assets.

(b) Other indirect taxes:

(i) Excise (Home) duty paid or payable,

(ii) Other indirect taxes paid or payable.

10. Employment and Gross Earnings.

(a) In respect of a survey undertaken during the year 2000, the number of persons actually at work or temporarily absent during the pay week ended 12 September, 1999, or nearest representative date, or, in respect of subsequent surveys, the pay week ending on the corresponding date in the year in respect of which the relevant survey was undertaken, distinguishing the following categories separately:

(i) Proprietors and members of family working in the enterprise not paid a fixed wage or salary,

(ii) Managerial, technical and other salaried staff (including working directors),

(iii) Clerical and other staff:

— male

— female.

(iv) Basic supervisory staff (including foremen and supervisors),

(v) Skilled operatives

(vi) Apprentices,

(vii) Unskilled or semi-skilled operatives:

— on adult rates of pay

— on juvenile rates of pay

(viii) Persons on a “labour-only” sub-contract basis.

(b) Total amount of gross earnings paid during the year, distinguishing:

(i) Managerial and clerical staff, and

(ii) Supervisory staff and operatives.

11. Other labour costs.

The amount of charges or costs paid by the enterprise in the year in respect of all employees for:

(a) Contributions by employers to the pay-related social insurance scheme,

(b) Redundancy payments,

(c) Training costs,

(d) Employer's contributions to superannuation funds and other pension schemes,

(e) Insurance premiums paid on behalf of employees covering sickness or injury,

(f) Payments in kind to employees and other social expenditure.

GIVEN under my hand, 17 October, 2000.


Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach.


(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation.)

The purposes of this instrument are to enable a statutory Census of Building and Construction to be taken relating to the years 1999 to 2004, to define its scope and to require that returns be furnished to the Central Statistics Office covering all undertakings in respect of which the prescribed forms have been issued.

1 OJ No. L293 of 24.10.1990, p.1

2 OJ No. L83 of 3.4.1993, p.1