Cabinet decree no. (211) of 13-1-1437H gave the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) the right to conduct surveys in the economic, social and population fields on behalf of the kingdom and publishing them periodically. Based on this right, GASTAT has installed programs and surveys that aim to create a statistical database in all fields, including data and statistics of the household spending and income with a view to providing support in studying the social and economic levels of the households and measuring the community welfare. Patterns of the household spending and income give an accurate perception of the living standards of the study community. As part of GASTAT surveys, GASTAT is working to conduct a survey about the household spending and income. International recommendations and standards of the International Labor Organization have been taken into account while preparing the survey methodology and designing the survey form.
Date of survey:
From 29/3/2017 to 29/3/2018
Household Spending and Income Survey
Every five years
310 field researchers from GASTAT
Household Spending and Income Survey form includes 8 main sections that are filled by using hand devices "tablet". The form includes:
1.The form cover
4.General questions & Household usual place for shopping
7.Spending on durable goods
1- To know the relative distribution of spending on commodities and services to be used in composing the cost of living index (consumer prices);
2- To measure consumer spending elasticity with a view to determining the amount of relative change in spending on commodities and services relating to each relative change in income, and to taking advantage of it for planning purposes so as to meet the expected demand on such commodities and services in the future;
3-To study the relationship between population and housing characteristics of the households and their income, as well as studying the relationship between household spending and income;
4 -To get estimates on household spending to contribute in compiling the national accounts;
5 -To identify the amount of current transfers of the household sector.
The survey covers all the administrative regions of Saudi Arabia by using a sample of households in these regions based on the updated framework of the census for year 1431H (2010). The administrative regions are divided into thirteen regions as follows:
1.Scope: Understanding the statistical needs and defining possible solutions.
2.Designing: Designing all subsequent steps of the statistical process.
3.Organization: Preparing and testing all statistical work procedures
4.Collection: Data collection and verification.
5.Classification: Data processing for converting data from initial data to statistical data.
6.Review: Verification and explanation of results.
7.Publishing Preparing the products to be ready for publication.
8.Evaluation: Conducting a comprehensive evaluation of all stages of the statistical process.
9.Administration: Administering all steps of the statistical process continuously.