NI Statistical Surveys - Assessment of Cost Burden to Business 2020/21

Date published: 10 June 2022


This report details the cost to businesses of complying with statutory and voluntary government statistical surveys in Northern Ireland.  It provides information on the number of surveys carried out by each government department.

An accompanying report NI Statistical Surveys - Burden to Households and Individuals 2020-21 is also available.

The Northern Ireland Statistics Advisory Committee have issued a Statement regarding this report.


An online consultation seeking users’ views on proposals to reduce the content of the ‘Cost to Business’ report and discontinue the ‘Burden on Households & Individuals’ report was held between 21 December 2022 and 15 February 2023. The responses from the consultation were supportive of the proposals, which is consistent with feedback received from other user engagement. 

Therefore the 2021-22 'Cost to Business' report, and future reports, will only include analysis at the Northern Ireland level and a single breakdown by Department. The downloadable data will continue to be made available alongside the report, enabling users to replicate the missing analysis.

A full write-up of the responses and actions taken as a result of the feedback is available on the Outcome of User Consultation on Survey Burden Reports page.