SES microdata for scientific purposes: how to obtain them?
Description of dataset
The European Union Structure of Earnings Survey was conducted in 2002 and 2006 in the 27 Member States of the European Union and 2 countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in accordance with Council Regulation n° 530/1999.
The objective of this legislation is to provide accurate and harmonised data on earnings in EU Member States, EFTA countries and Candidate Countries for policy-making and research purposes. The SES is a large enterprise sample survey providing detailed and comparable information on relationships between the level of remuneration, individual characteristics of employees (sex, age, occupation, length of service, highest educational level attained, etc.) and their employer (economic activity, size and location of the enterprise).
The statistics of the SES refer to enterprises with at least 10 employees in the areas of economic activity defined by sections C-K of NACE Rev.1.1. The inclusion of sections L–O was optional for 2002, as was the inclusion of enterprises with fewer than 10 employees. For a limited set of EU Member States also the data of the Structure of Earnings Survey 1995 are available (ES-FR-IE-LU-SE).
The national statistical institutes are responsible for selecting the sample, preparing the questionnaires, conducting the survey and forwarding the results to Eurostat in accordance with the common coding scheme. The data are centrally processed by Eurostat.
The SES non anonymised microdata can be accessed via the SAFE Centre at the premises of Eurostat in Luxembourg covering the confidential microdata of in principle 17 EEA countries (CY-CZ-ES-FR-HU-IE-IT-LT-LV-LU-PL-PT-RO-SE-SI-SK-NO), depending on authorisation of use by these countries.
The SES 2002 and 2006 anonymised microdata can be accessed via CD-Rom covering in principle 23 EEA countries (BE-BG-CZ-CY-DE (2006 only)-EE-ES-FI-FR-GR-HU-IT-LT-LV-LU-NL-PL-PT-RO-SE-SK-UK-NO).
Information on the anonymisation criteria are available here:
SES anonymisation method
SES based data
The European Union Structure of Earnings Survey 2002 and 2006 main data in a tabular format are disseminated on the Eurostat webpage under SES data.
The contents of this domain include tables on number of employees, hourly, monthly and annual earnings etc. The data are commonly broken down by age, sex, education level, economic activity and occupation where applicable.