Annual survey on employment pension schemes

Description of the data collection

The annual survey on employment pension schemes collects data on income and expenditure on the annual level of units providing statutory employment pension. The data are collected from the data providers with a web inquiry. The reporting lag is around 40 days.

From whom are data collected?

All most significant units in the public and private sector providing statutory employment pension have been selected as data providers to the annual survey.

The obligation to provide data is based on the Statistics Act (280/2004).

The annual data collection on employment pension schemes is based on Regulations concerning national accounts (ESA 1995 and since 2014 ESA 2010) and the separate EU Regulation concerning general government deficit and debt reporting (479/209).

What are the data used for?

The collected data are used in annual national accounts. National accounts present key figures, such as gross domestic product, describing the economic situation in Finland and its development.

In addition to national accounts, the data are used for general government deficit and debt reporting. EU Member States report twice a year the so-called EDP deficit and debt data to the European Commission, which are used in connection with the Stability and Growth Pact of the EU when assessing the state of Member States’ government finances. These reports are a part of the so-called excessive deficit procedure (EDP). It is based on the European System of Accounts and a separate EU Regulation. The data reported by the different Member States are mutually comparable.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:

Data processing

The Statistics Act (280/2004) obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential. The data concerning an individual person cannot be identified in the statistics to be published.

How often are data collected?