Socio-Economic Group

A socio-economic group (SEG) is a measure of your social background based on your parents’ or guardian’s occupation and employment status. The measure is used by the Central Statistics Office to analyse the social background of the Irish population. Research clearly shows that participation in higher education is not evenly spread across the socio-economic groups. Children of higher professionals, employers, managers, lower professionals, skilled manual workers and farmers are more likely to go on to college than the children of non-manual, semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers.  The HEAR scheme is designed to increase the number of students from these under-represented socio-economic groups in third level education.

SEG is coded by an expert company.  The SEG is calculated by the responses given in the online HEAR application form to Question 6.
6.1 Parent’s/ Guardian’s employment status
6.2 Parent’s/ Guardian’s Type of Employment
6.3 Parent’s/ Guardian’s Main Job Title

SEG Categories
Eligible Socio-Economic Groups Ineligible Socio-Economic Groups
Non-manual workers Employers and manager
Semi-skilled manual workers Higher professionals
Unskilled manual workers Lower professionals
Agricultural workers Manual skilled
State Labour Intervention Scheme
e.g.  CE schemes
Own account workers
Never worked, housewife, permanently ill Farmers
Student All others – uncodable

Applicants meeting Indicator 4 must meet a combination of 2 other indicators as listed below:

INDICATOR 1 plus 2 plus 4
INDICATOR 1 plus 3 plus 4
INDICATOR 1 plus 4 plus 5
INDICATOR 1 plus 4 plus 6