About the Central Survey Unit

Central Survey Unit is the leading survey organisation in Northern Ireland. It is a business area within NISRA. It provides a survey research service to NI Government Departments and Agencies in addition to some Non-Departmental Public Bodies.

About Us

Central Survey Unit is a non-profit making survey organisation within the Northern Ireland public sector. It has a wealth of experience in measuring attitudes and behaviour on a wide range of social policy issues. It offers expertise in the full range of social survey research including questionnaire design, survey methodology, data handling, database creation, analysis and reporting of findings. CSU manages the fieldwork on a number of regular national surveys, such as the Labour Force Survey and the The Northern Ireland Safe Community Survey.

CSU conducts Northern Ireland specific surveys including the Continuous Household Survey and the Northern Ireland Travel Survey on behalf of Government Departments.

The Unit conducts large scale public commissioned surveys. Recent examples include the Programme for International Student Assessment and the NI Disability Survey.

Current NISRA Households Surveys

  • Continuous Household Survey
  • COVID-19 Opinion Survey
  • Family Resources Survey
  • Labour Force Survey
  • The Northern Ireland Living Costs and Food Survey
  • Survey on Living Conditions
  • Travel Survey for Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland Health Survey
  • Safe Community Survey

If you have any queries regarding any of the surveys, please get in touch – email csu@nisra.gov.uk or info@nisra.gov.uk

NISRA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated in any of our surveys.


We are currently recruiting Survey Interviewers to undertake surveys with members of the public on our behalf.

The closing date for applications is 12pm noon (UK time) on Friday 22 December 2023. 

Online applications can be submitted via the NICS Recruitment website

A video describing the work of survey interviewers can be viewed below:

Central Survey Unit purpose leaflet

A copy of the Central Survey Unit (CSU) leaflet along with a large print version is available on the CSU Documents page.

The Leaflet explains:  Who we are, what we do, why we need your help, why you were selected, and what happens with the information you provide.


Information on the active surveys is available from the Household surveys page.

General enquiries

Telephone: 02890 255118
Email:  csu@nisra.gov.uk


Central Survey Unit
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
Colby House,
Stranmillis Court,

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