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Every year information is collected for the survey on bonuses and other irregular payments. This information contributes to a comprehensive description of labour costs in the private sector labour market. The survey is being conducted on behalf of the National Mediation Office.

The main users of the statistics are Eurostat, the ECB and other EU institutions as well as national statistical offices.


The survey consists of three questions. If the enterprise does not have any bonuses or other irregular payments to report, only the first question needs to be answered.

Questions 2 and 3 are to be answered if the enterprise has paid irregular payments concerning 2021. Question 2 refers to the period when the irregular payments were paid, a percentage distribution for the quarter. Question 3 asks for the total sum of irregular payments per personal identification number.

Question 3 can be answered directly in the web form or via a file. We recommend answering via a file if you have many persons to report. If question 3 is answered via a file, the file must have a certain appearance. See Instructions to find out which variables are included and the required format. It is important that the file has the correct format and right appearance so it can be loaded into the database. You can send an Excel file or a text file.

Read through the instructions before you begin, and it will be easier for you to provide the information.

Time plan

The survey is sent out the 11th of August 2022.

The final date for response is 15 September 2022.

Your response

The obligation to provide information for this survey is mandatory according to the Official Statistics Act (2001:99) . The statistics are also regulated according to the Official Statistics Ordinance (SFS 2001:100) and Swedish National Mediation Office regulations  (SCB-FS 2019:22).

The information you submit is protected according to Chapter 24 Section 8 of the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act (2009:400) . The survey on bonuses does not have its own publishing. The results are included as components in the two EU surveys Labour Cost Index (LCI) and Structure of Earnings Survey (SES).

When the information is published, no single company, workplace or individual will be able to be identified. Consultation has taken place with the Board of Swedish Industry and Commerce for Better Regulation (NNR). The information is only used to produce statistics.

Current information

The instructions where updated last year with various tips on how values can be changed in Excel so that they follow our item description. Read the instructions before you start to report the information.

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