CSO surveying 3,000 businesses to look at impact of COVID-19

CSO surveying 3,000 businesses to look at impact of COVID-19
The Central Statistics Office in Mahon,Cork.Picture Dan Linehan

The Cork-based Central Statistics Office (CSO) has launched a new survey to look at how the COVID-19 crisis has affected businesses in Ireland.

The survey is being sent to 3,000 businesses around the country, with information being collected between today (Monday, April 20th) and Friday (April 24th), and plans to report on the results in two weeks. 

The companies selected will receive an email from the CSO and are asked to complete an online questionnaire which should take no longer than 10 minutes, and the CSO is appealing to businesses who receive the survey to take part.

''By completing the survey, businesses will be helping the CSO to produce important statistics on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis so far,” said Colin Hanley, Statistician.

“This information matters, for the business community and for policymakers. The survey asks how the COVID-19 crisis has affected your business and what steps you have taken as a result – e.g. in relation to the level of business, workforce and organisational changes, access to finance, and availing of Government support schemes,” he added.

The CSO says information collected in the survey is confidential and will be used only for statistical purposes.

Further waves of the survey will be collected on a fortnightly basis, to provide updated information.

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