Definition: Structure of earnings survey (SES)
The European Structure of Earnings Survey (SES) provides detailed information on the level and structure of remuneration of employees, their individual characteristics and the enterprise or local unit to which they belong. It is a 4-yearly survey conducted under Council Regulation 530/1999 and Commission Regulation 1916/2000. The SES outcome represents an uniquely rich data source on gross earnings in Europe which is increasingly important for evidence-based policy making, in particular for monitoring economic growth and social cohesion. Furthermore, the SES data are indispensable for employers and employees as regards the demand and supply of labour.
Eurostat, "Gross Earnings in Europe - Main results of the Structure of Earnings Survey 2002", Statistics in Focus, Population and Social Conditions, 12/2005, Luxembourg, 2005