S.I. No. 39/2003 - Statistics (National Employment Survey) Order 2003

I, Mary Hanafin, 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 2002 ( S.I. No. 313 of 2002 ) for the purpose of giving effect to Council Regulation (EC) No. 530/1999 of 9 March 19991 and Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1916/2000 of 8 September 20002 , in so far as they relate to structural statistics on employees earnings, hereby order as follows:

1.         (1)       This Order may be cited as the Statistics (National Employment Survey) Order 2003.

(2)       This Order comes into operation on 1 March 2003 and ceases to have effect on 30 September 2003.

2.         This Order applies to undertakings which employ 3 or more persons, classified for statistical purposes under sections C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N and O of NACE Rev. 1, set out in the Annex to Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3037/90 of 9 October 19903 , as amended by Commission Regulation (EEC) No. 761/93 of 24 March 19934 , and to persons employed in those undertakings.

3.         (1)       An undertaking to which Article 2 of this Order applies is required to provide details, the general nature of which is specified in Schedule 1 to this Order.

(2)       An employee to whom Article 2 of this Order applies is required to provide details, the general nature of which is specified in Schedule 2 to this Order.


Article 3 (1)

1.   Particulars of ownership of the business

2.   Particulars of collective agreements on pay and unionisation

3.   Particulars of principal market for product(s) of the undertaking

4.   Particulars of workplace benefits provided to employees of the undertaking

5.   Particulars of persons engaged in the undertaking and persons exempt from or in receipt of the statutory minimum wage.

6.   Particulars of earnings, hours worked and days of absence of employees of the undertaking for the tax year 2002 and for a reference period in March 2003.


Article 3(2)

1.   Particulars of sex, age and level of education.

2.   Particulars of living arrangements.

3.   Particulars of current employment and employment history.

4.   Particulars of current job characteristics.

5.   Particulars of working patterns.


GIVEN under my hand,

 6 feabhra 2003.


Mary Hanafin, Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach

Explanatory Note

Statistics (National Employment Survey) Order 2003

S.I. No. 39 of 2003

The National Employment Survey (NES) will be carried out in March of this year and replaces the Structure of Earnings Survey which was last carried out in 1996. The NES will provide much-needed information on the distribution of individual employee earnings and on the factors which influence earnings levels. It will provide results which will be broken down by sector, region, occupation, age, sex, educational attainment, family status as well as many other important individual employee circumstances. It will cover all sectors of the economy and will show comparisons across economic sectors.

The purpose of the Order is to allow for the possibility of legal action against non-respondents. This would greatly increase response rates to the CSO and improve the overall quality of their statistical output both at National and European level.

Dermot McCarthy

Secretary General

Department of the Taoiseach

February 2003

1 OJ No. L63, 12.3.1999, p. 6.

2 OJ No. L229, 9.9.2000, p. 3.

3 OJ No. L293, 24.10.1990, p. 1.

4 OJ No. L6, 10.01.2002, p.1.