Household Budget Survey (HBS)


Update: New wave of the HBS will be available early 2017.


The HBS is a survey of a representative random sample of all private households in the State. Surveys have been carried out periodically in Ireland since 1951.

ISSDA holds data for the 1987, 1994, 1999/2000, 2004/05 and 2009/10 HBS surveys. HBS data is available only for use in bona fide research projects. Those seeking data for consultancy and/or commercial uses should contact the Central Statistics Office directly.

The main purpose of the HBS is to determine in detail the current pattern of household expenditure in order to update the weighting basis of the Consumer Price Index. Detailed information is also collected on all sources of household income and on a range of household facilities.

Documentation (available for download)





Accessing the data

To request HBS data, please download and complete the ISSDA Data Request Form for Research Purposes, and send it to ISSDA by email.

Data will be disseminated on receipt of a fully completed, signed form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will be returned to the data requester for completion.


If you have any queries relating to the data please read our FAQs.