Survey on Income and Living Conditions
This post was written by Seamus Coffey
The results from the 2012 wave of the EU-SILC have been published by the CSO.
There had been some difficulties with the statistics estimated from the survey in previous years which may account for the lag in getting the 2012 data published. The data was collected between January 2012 and January 2013.
The main results are summarised in this table.
Of the reported 2012 changes in the poverty and income inequality measures, only the change in the deprivation rate is reported as being statistically significant.
The average weekly net equivalised disposable income for the bottom decile was €118.55 in 2012. Income decile data was not provided in the 2011 release and the 2010 figures were withdrawn. In the 2009 release, the average weekly equivalised net disposable income for the bottom decile was €160.05.
Comparable figures for the top decile are €1,041.71 in 2009 and €958.44 in 2012. It should be noted that possible differences in the composition of the deciles between years make such changes difficult to fully interpret. The income shares by decile are provided in this table.
The first table here shows that average equivalised disposable income for the population fell by 10.5 per cent between 2009 (€23,326) and 2012 (€20,856). The second table shows that the share going to the bottom decile fell by 16.7 per cent between the same years (from 3.6 per cent in 2009 to 3.0 per cent in 2012).