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Ireland returned to positive GDP growth in 2011, and the economy continues to gain momentum. The largest employment sectors are wholesale and retail sales activities, followed by health/welfare and industry. As Ireland’s vocational education and training (VET) system was strongly linked to the construction sector, the decline in construction activity after 2008 has meant that participation in VET in Ireland has also declined sharply.

Looking to the future, employment levels are projected to reach their pre-2008 financial crisis levels by 2023. Most employment growth is expected to be in construction, and most job opportunities will be for professionals. In the period to 2025, Ireland is set to experience an increase in demand for workers across the board, with the most significant increase expected for high- and low-skilled workers. Meanwhile, the share of Ireland’s labour force with high level qualifications is projected to increase, whilst the share of workers with low level and, to a lesser extent, medium level qualifications will decrease in the same period.

Ireland’s working-age population (15-64) is projected to grow in the period to 2025, with labour market participation declining. Looking to the longer-term future, Ireland is expected to have amongst the lowest old-age dependency ratios in the EU.

Future employment growth (in %) in Ireland in 2015-2025 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employment rate

The employment rate indicates the percentage of people in employment over the population aged 20-64.

 

In 2015 the employment rate in Ireland was 68.75% compared to 70.00% in EU

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015 the size of employment in EU changed by 2.07% compared to 6.19% in Ireland .

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Sectors with the largest share in employment in Ireland in 2015 

  • Wholesale & retail trade 13.95%
  • Human health & social work activities 12.77%
  • Manufacturing 11.23% 
  • Education 7.70%
  • Accommodation & food service activities 7.03% 

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Occupations with the largest share in employment in Ireland in 2015:  

  • Sales workers 7.90%
  • Personal care workers 5.53%
  • Business & administration assoc. prof. 5.22% 
  • Business & administration professionals 5.11%
  • Skilled agricultural workers 4.90%

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Sectors expected to have the strongest employment change over the period 2015-2025 in Ireland:

  • Construction 93.63%
  • Real estate, professional & related activities 25.47%
  • Information & communication activities 24.75% 
  • Education 15.35% 
  • Human health & social work activities 14.11% 

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment needs

The additional number of people who will be required to work in an occupation given projected changes in employment and replacement demands. 

Occupations expected to have the largest numbers of job openings in Ireland over the period 2015-2025:

  • Building & related trades workers 67,909
  • Business & administration professionals 61,268
  • Drivers & mobile plant operators 60,817
  • Administrative & commercial managers 56,701
  • Skilled agricultural workers 54,261

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Employment share of occupations (%) in Ireland (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Education profile (%) of the working age population in Ireland (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Age profile (%) of the working age population in Ireland (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Future employment growth (% change) across occupations in Ireland compared to EU in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

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