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Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS)


Central Statistics Office

Subject Keywords: Demography, Employment, Education, Income, Housing, Household, Expenditure, Financial, Economic
Topic: Fuel Poverty
Health Inequalities
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Data
Region: Republic of Ireland

Survey to produce quarterly labour force estimates and occasional reports on special social topics, providing estimates on short-term indicators of the labour market (employment, unemployment, etc), as well as information on other social topics such as atypical work and crime. Data on the individual relate to employment, education and income. Some housing details also collected, including dwelling type and facilities. The QNHS also conducts special modules on different social topics each quarter.

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Key Variables Sex; Age in Years; Labour Force Status; Occupation; Nationality; Marital Status; Family Status (refers to variables that identify the number of dependent children within the family, the relationships between the dependent children and their guardians, and the living arrangements between parents.); Household (refers to variables that identify the structure of the household, e.g. the persons who are typically resident within the household and the relationships between the residents.)
Unit Of Observation Household; individual member of household
Start Date Began in September 1997, replacing the annual April Labour Force Survey (LFS)
End Date Continuously in the field
Target Population Frequency of data collection: Quarterly every year. Information is collected continuously throughout the year, with a design of 3,000 households surveyed each week to give a total design sample of 39,000 households in each quarter. The achieved sample will vary from this design over time. Target population: All private households in the State. Sample size: Under the designed sample, 152 CSO field interviewers would interview 39,000 households each quarter from a collection of listed dwelling units maintained by interviewers. This represents the design sample, but the achieved sample will vary over time. Response rate: 9,000 (3,000 interviewed every week within each 13-week quarter). This represents the design response rate, but the achieved response rate will vary over time.
Method CSO field staff interview household member using a QNHS electronic questionnaire on a laptop computer with CAPI software, which allows questions to be selectively asked to fit the profile of the respondent.
Internationally Comparable Studies European Union Labour Force Survey (EU LFS). See: - EUROSTAT (



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Suggested citation:

Central Statistics Office. (2015) Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 15th November 2019].


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