Four-yearly labour cost survey (LCS)

Purpose and short description

The four-yearly labour cost survey meets the statistical needs of the Commission as defined in the Council Regulation (EC) No 530/1999 of 9 March 1999 and the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1737/2005 of 21 October 2005.   This four-yearly survey is based on a sample of local units of enterprises with at least 10 employees. The data are collected according to the activity and location of the local unit, as well as the size of the enterprise to which the local unit belongs.

Survey population

The survey population consists of local units.
Until 2008, only the local units belonging to sections C to K and M to O of NACE rev.1 and belonging to the group of enterprises with at least 10 employees were analysed in this statistic.
From 2008, only the local units belonging to sections B to N and P to S of NACE rev.2 and belonging to the group of enterprises with at least 10 employees have been analysed in this statistic.

Additional sources

The available data of the NSSO (PLA) and of the NBB will be implemented first. Surveys of local units with at least 10 employees will be used for the questions on which our sources do not have enough up to date data.

Data collection method and sample size

Available soon.

Response rate

The response rate of the labour cost survey was 66.5% in 2004 and 54% in 2008.

Periodicity

The labour cost survey is organised every four years.

Release calendar

The results must be disseminated two years after the reference period (in June to Eurostat and in November to the general public).