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Living Costs and Household Income Survey

2021 / 2022 Survey

Statistics Jersey started the 2021/22 LCHIS in September 2021 and this will run for a year. We provisionally expect a preliminary report from the 2021/22 survey to be released in August 2022.

This survey is carried out once every five years. The survey was last completed in 2014/15. The 2019/20 survey had to be cut short due to the Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020. 

Statistics Jersey use the results of the survey to measure household incomes and income inequality and show how these are changing over time. We can also make sure that the
Jersey ‘cost of living’ (RPI) reflects the goods and services that Islanders buy.

Every two weeks, Statistics Jersey will send letters to randomly selected households. A trained Statistics Jersey interviewer will then visit each household to talk through the survey and answer any questions they might have. The interviewer will arrange to return at a convenient time to lead the household through a series of questions on, for example, household bills and large or regular purchases. The household will then be asked to keep a spending diary over the next fortnight, and will be given further help from the interviewer if needed. 

Finding out the types, quantities and cost of the things on which Jersey households spend their money is vital for a number of official statistics to be produced. For example the Retail Prices Index (RPI), which tracks changes in the cost of products and services, involves pricing the range of goods and services on which different households spend their money. To calculate the RPI, statisticians give more weight (i.e. importance) to some goods or services than others, depending on what proportion of the typical household’s income is spent on those goods or services.

The survey runs for a year to ensure we can capture different spending patterns throughout the year – for example spending is typically higher in the build up to Christmas.

All the information given by households in this survey will be treated as strictly confidential, and identifiable information will not be shared with anyone outside of Statistics Jersey. The information will only be used to produce aggregate (grouped) statistics so that no person, household, or small group of households can be identified in the results. Under no circumstances will identifiable records be made available to any other States departments or private organisations.

2019 / 2020 Survey

The 2019/20 round of the Living Costs and Household Income Survey (formerly the Household Spending and Income Survey) commenced in July 2019 and was due to run continuously over the subsequent twelve-month period. However, the developing Covid-19 situation led the Chief Statistician to decide to stop the fieldwork (data-gathering) in March 2020 – at this point only about half the expected responses had been obtained. 

Statistics Jersey are committed to analysing the household income data collected during the pre-Covid period up to March 2020 and to publish the results. Due to existing work commitments Statistics Jersey has unfortunately not yet been able to devote the skilled resources required to analyse the 2019/20 LCHIS dataset, however the Chief Statistician aims to publish the analyses from the 2019/20 LCHIS dataset during Q1 2022. 

Previous reports

The report on the 2014 / 15 Jersey Household spending survey presents estimates of average​​​ weekly household expenditure. Expenditure is broken down by 12 categories of spending, for all households and also by:

  • household income
  • tenure
  • household structure
  • Parish
  • age

The 2014 / 2015 report also includes information on:

  • mortgage payments
  • mortgage debt
  • internet spending

Jersey Household Spending Survey report 2014 / 2015

​​​You can find links to previous Jersey Household Spending Survey reports below:

Jersey Household Spending Survey report 2009 / 2010

2004 / 2005 Household Expenditure Survey report

Household income

You can find out information about household incomes in Jersey by following the below link:

Earnings and income statistics

Statistics Jersey's privacy policy and retention schedule

Statistics Jersey is registered as a 'Controller' under the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 as we collect and process personal information about you. We process and hold your information in order to provide public services and meet our statutory obligations. You can find full details of on our privacy policy and retention schedule.

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