Annual survey on service companies / EAE Services

Dernière mise à jour le : 09/12/2011

Présentation de l'opération

Organisme producteur :

Insee. Direction des statistiques d'entreprises (DSE)

Type d'opération :


Objectifs :

The goal is to collect the main data on the structure of service companies. This survey meets the requirements of the EC regulation on structural statistics.

It meets the needs of macroeconomic analysis (notably the national accounts) and numerous sector-level analysis needs.

Thèmes abordés :

The survey provides information about the situation of the company (main declared activity, legal category, structural modifications), employment (including part-time and self-employed), profit and loss, investments and transfers, turnover and activities (breakdown of turnover by product, capitalised production costs, distribution of clientele, imports and exports), professional expenditure, and other information for certain sectors.

Each questionnaire is customised and printed individually for the company it is destined for.

The elements already available in the SIRENE register, or known from the answers to the previous survey, or coming from other sources (e.g. legal category, restructuration, list of establishments, activity code), are preprinted directly on the questionnaire.

Additionally, each company is only asked questions relating to its activity with a well-defined questionnaire in terms of data on employment, product lines, individual expenditure, etc.

Champ de l'opération

Champ géographique :

The survey covers Metropolitan France.

The companies in overseas departments (DOM) are surveyed elsewhere, as part of a system of annual business surveys specific to these departments.

Caractéristiques techniques

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Périodicité de l'opération :


Période et mode de collecte :

Data collection is by post each year.

Historique :

The INSEE Services Survey is the latest in the line of annual business surveys; it was launched for the first time in March 1983 covering the year 1982.

It has been conducted every year since then.

From 2009 (covering 2008), the annual survey on service companies (EAE) was replaced by the less detailed annual sector survey (ESA).

This survey will systematically use the administrative sources that INSEE has knowledge of, thereby easing the workload of respondent companies.

Plan de sondage :

The sample survey is exhaustive for large companies, that is, those employing at least 30 people or making annual turnover of at least 5 million euros.

All in all, 42,000 businesses were surveyed in EAE 2007. The sample is optimised at national level.

Small enterprises are surveyed every alternate year.

Small businesses (less than 30 employees or making annual turnover of less than 5 million euros) in the B2B services sector are surveyed for odd trading years (e.g. in 2008 for 2007) and small B2C and real-estate companies for even years (e.g. in 2007 for 2006).

Autres spécifications :

For the communication, advertising and media sector, the survey is carried out with the help of the statistics department of the Media Development Department (DDM).