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Labour cost survey – non-cash employment benefits

Survey at a glance

Purpose Collect information on non-cash employment benefits costs
Population All New Zealand businesses
Sample Approximately 2,300
Frequency Annually
Results Labour Cost Index

About the survey

What is this information used for?

This information, collected annually, is compared to the same type of information collected in the previous year. The comparative change or movement in non-cash benefit costs over time is used in the calculation of the Labour Cost Index.

Who is included in the survey?

The target population for this survey is large. It includes all occupations within each industry within each sector of the New Zealand economy.

How are businesses selected to be in the survey?

The sample for this survey is selected using a process called stratified-purposive sampling


About giving data

How often does this survey take place?


If our business is included in the survey, who should complete the survey?

HR/payroll/accountant, etc.

Why can't I be replaced by other similar companies?

To accurately track the change in non-cash employment benefits costs, we need to survey the same respondents each year.

Why have I been sent this questionnaire?

You have been sent this questionnaire because your business currently employs job positions which are surveyed by the Labour Cost Survey. We select businesses that employ job positions which are representative within its sector of ownership, industry and sector of ownership.

How long am I in this survey for?

We cannot provide you with a definite time frame as to how long your business will be included in the survey sample because re-selection of the sample for any particular occupation varies according to how much change occurs within an industry and sector of ownership.

How is my privacy protected?

Under the Statistics Act 1975, only authorised people can see our individual information and they must use it only for statistical purposes. Your information will be combined with information from other respondents to prepare summary statistics. Statistics New Zealand makes sure that no individual response can be identified when the results are published.


About your obligations

Why should I provide information to Statistics New Zealand?

Under the Statistics Act 1975 you must provide the information requested by Statistics New Zealand. It is also important that information from all of the businesses surveyed is accurately represented in the statistical results.

Will I be paid for providing information to Statistics New Zealand?

Providing information to Statistics New Zealand is a statutory obligation. There is no provision in the Statistics Act for people to be paid for providing information. Where possible, we request information in a way that is easily obtainable from business records. We also recognise that completing survey questionnaires can be time consuming. For some surveys, we provide survey respondents with information that can be useful for your business planning purposes. Also, survey results are available free of charge on the Statistics New Zealand website.

Will my information be shared with other government agencies?

The Statistics Act 1975 states that:

  • all information collected under the Act must be used only for statistical purposes
  • no information is released by Statistics New Zealand in a form that could enable the person or undertaking to whom it relates to be identified.

Consequently, Statistics New Zealand does not share your information with other government agencies. Other government agencies can provide their information to Statistics New Zealand, but only for statistical purposes. Statistics New Zealand sometimes undertakes a statistical survey jointly with another government department or government agency. In all cases, respondents are informed that it is a joint collection. You may object to information being passed to the other party by writing to Statistics New Zealand. Where this right is exercised, Statistics New Zealand withholds the information from the other party.

Do I have to complete this questionnaire?

Businesses selected for any Statistics New Zealand survey must provide the information requested. This is a legal requirement under the Statistics Act 1975. We appreciate that it can be difficult and time consuming to complete survey forms. If you would prefer to provide information by fax or by email, please phone our Survey Help Desk on 0800 809 464 to discuss these options.


About using information

Are results from the Labour Cost Survey available?

Yes, information is used each quarter in the Labour Cost Index. Use this link to access key results from other Statistics New Zealand surveys.

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