Future employment growth (in %) in Ireland in 2016-2030 across sectors

In 2016 the employment rate in Ireland was 70.28% compared to 70.99% in EU

During the period 2011-2016 the size of employment in EU changed by 3.73% compared to 9.24% in Ireland .

Sectors with the largest share in employment in Ireland in 2016 

  • Wholesale & retail trade 13.72%
  • Health & social care 12.51%
  • Manufacturing 11.50% 
  • Education 7.54%
  • Accommodation & food 7.30% 

Occupations with the largest share in employment in Ireland in 2016:  

  • Sales workers 7.64%
  • Care workers 5.41%
  • Office associate professionals 5.13% 
  • Office professionals 5.12%
  • Personal service workers 4.94%

Sectors expected to have the strongest employment change over the period 2016-2030 in Ireland:

  • Transport & storage 47.76%
  • Arts & recreation 43.25%
  • Professional services 38.27% 
  • Health & social care 33.05% 
  • ICT services 29.87% 

Occupations expected to have the largest numbers of job openings in Ireland over the period 2016-2030:

  • Care workers 114,639
  • Business managers 108,305
  • Drivers & vehicle operators 99,550
  • Farmworkers and gardeners 99,309
  • Office associate professionals 98,064

Employment share of occupations (%) in Ireland (2011-2016 comparison)

Education profile (%) of the working age population in Ireland (2011-2016 comparison)

Age profile (%) of the working age population in Ireland (2011-2016 comparison)

Future employment growth (% change) across occupations in Ireland compared to EU in 2016-2030