About the survey
Statistics Jersey use the results of the survey to measure household spending, incomes and income inequality and show how these are changing over time. We also us the results to make sure that the Jersey ‘cost of living’ (RPI) reflects Islanders' spending habits.
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 usually takes place every 5 years and 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.
Households are selected at random to take part in the survey. Each participating household is asked to complete a face-to face survey with a trained interviewer relating to infrequent purchases and regular spending on household bills. Each adult also keeps a two-week spending diary to capture their day-to-day purchases.
Latest report and data
Jersey Household Income Distribution report 2021 to 2022
2019 to 2020 survey
The 2019 to 2020 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 stop the fieldwork (data-gathering) in March 2020. At this point only about half the expected responses had been obtained.
Statistics Jersey produced a household income distribution report on the income data collected during the pre-Covid period up to March 2020.
The number of responses was insufficient for a full report, so this report was limited to summary statistics for all households.
The report on the 2014 to 2015 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
- household structure
The 2014 to 2015 report also includes information on:
- mortgage payments
- mortgage debt
- internet spending
Jersey Household Spending Survey report 2014 to 2015
Jersey Household Spending Survey report 2009 to 2010
Household Expenditure Survey report 2004 to 2005
Find information about Jersey's earnings and income statistics.
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