08 October 2014
The Statistics Unit has been running the Jersey Household Spending and Income Survey (HSIS) since April 2014. The confidential survey, which runs for twelve months, collects information about the spending habits and income of Jersey households.
There has been a good response so far, with more than 500 households taking part over the first six months of the survey. The Statistics Unit would like to thank every one of the households who have participated so far.
Households who have been involved have often fed back that they found it a very interesting and useful budgeting exercise, and are very positive about being part of something that is so important to Jersey.
Another reason for taking part is the chance to be entered into a quarterly prize draw. The Statistics Unit have randomly selected the first prize winner from the households that participated over the first three months of the survey, and would like to offer their congratulations to the winners, a household in St. Helier. The second prize draw, for households that took part during the latest three months, will be drawn later this month.
Ensuring official statistics represent everyone
This survey is essential to ensure that the Retail Prices Index and other official statistics remain accurate and up to date, as well as being able to provide a full income distribution for Jersey households.
Each month, a sample of households is chosen at random and asked to take part in the survey. The randomly selected households represent not only their own household but others in Jersey like it, helping to ensure that official statistics represent everyone in the Island.
Duncan Gibaut, Chief Statistician said “I’d like to encourage households who are contacted in the coming months to help us by taking part in this important survey. Spending patterns change throughout the year, so the next few months will be important in capturing spending habits of Islanders during the autumn months and in the run up to Christmas.”