Structure on Earnings Survey

The Structure of Earnings Survey (SES) provides detailed and comparable information on the structure and distribution of earnings of 2.5 Million employees in the manufacturing and services

sector (sections B to S excluding O of NACE Rev. 2). Since 2002 the survey is conducted every four years in all Member States of the European Union (EU) on harmonised standards under

the Council Regulation (EC) No 530/1999 and the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1738/2005.

In Austria, the SES was carried out for the first time for the reference year 1996. Since 2002 data on gross hourly, monthly and annual earnings as well as information on working time are

collected very four years. This data allow detailed analyses on the level and structure of remuneration by economic activity, occupation, highest level of education, age, sex and other

individual or work-place related characteristics. Due to amendments in European legislation or revisions of classifications the survey was subject to constant changes. In 2006 the scope of the survey has been significantly expanded and the local unit has been introduced in addition to the enterprise level. This was followed by the implementation of the revised Classifications NACE and ISCO in 2010. Since 2010 the SES is compiled on the basis of the Statistical Classification of Economic Activities in the European Community (NACE Rev. 2). In the same year, the International Standard Classification of

Occupations (ISCO) has been switched to the new version ISCO-08. With the survey for the reporting year 2014 the International Standard Classification of Education ISCED-97 was now

replaced by the new version ISCED-2011.

In 2019 the survey was performed for reference period 2018. 98.9 per cent of all enterprises reported electronically by eQuest-Web, whereas only 1.1 per cent still completed the questionnaire on paper.

The Total Response Burden for the Structure on Earnings Survey was 28 519 hours in 2019, about 1.3 per cent lower than in 2015 (28 892 hours).