Ibec’s vision of a Rebooted and Reimagined Ireland

By Gerard Walker Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights    Several thematic policy areas and associated actions are proposed within Ibec's 'Reboot & Reimagine' publication which was launched this week, includes a dedicated section highlighting the importance of education and skills policy.   Focusing on “getting people back to work”, the Ibe... Read More

Planning for the Recovery - Supporting People back to Work

By Gerard Walker, Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights     As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 32% of the labour force are currently in receipt of state support payments including 530,000 on COVID-19 pandemic support, 210,000 on the normal unemployed benefit, and 27,000 on COVID-19 illness benefit. Some 42,000 workers are being subsidised under the Temporary Covid-19 Subsidy Schem... Read More

10-steps to attract, engage and retain returner talent

A new report entitled "Boosting Medtech, Manufacturing Engineering and Finance talent to drive Jobs Growth in the West Region, Ireland" was published recently. The research was led by Gerard Walker, Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights and Ananda Geluk, Career Counsellor/Researcher. This Galway Executive Skillnet report was carried out under Skillnet Ireland Future Skills Programme.  ... Read More

Action Plan for Women in Business launched by Enterprise Ireland

  By Gerard Walker Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights     Greater gender balance at a senior level in Irish companies and entrepreneurship is the focal point of an Enterprise Ireland initiative.   They recently launched the 2020 Action Plan for Women in Business. The background to the Action Plan is the significantly lower proportion of women CEOs in larger Irish companies... Read More

Remote Work In Ireland Government report

The Government's research paper on Remote Work in Ireland is a deliverable of Future Jobs Ireland 2019, which places a focus on fostering participation in the labour force through flexible working solutions. Such solutions are increasingly a priority from a range of perspectives, from sustainability and positive environmental impacts, to increasing participation amongst women, older peo... Read More

National Skills Bulletin 2019

The National Skills Bulletin 2019 is the fifteenth in an annual series of reports produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS and the third to be produced on behalf of the National Skills Council (NSC). It presents an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level.   The Bulletin aims to assist policy formulation in the areas of employment, education/t... Read More


    By Gerard Walker Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights  The Government’s 2020 Budget Statement highlights that the defining challenge of our generation is to ensure that the economy can grow while reducing our carbon emissions impact. Transitioning to a low carbon economy is a main pillar of the Governments Future Jobs Programme. The global transition to energy sustainab... Read More

HSA study emphasises importance of re-skilling workers

 (left to right) Sharon McGuinness (CEO, Health and Safety Authority), Bertrand Maître (ESRI), Pat Breen (TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection), Ivan Privalko (ESRI), Alan Barrett (Director of the ESRI), and Helen Russell (ESRI) at the launch of “The ageing workforce in Ireland” on 1 October 2019.    ... Read More

IITD Response to Budget 2020

  Targeted investment and upskilling crucial Budget 2020 highlights growing risks to the global economy and uncertainty relating to the timing and form of the UK’s exit from the EU. The central scenario of Budget 2020 is preparing for the risk of a No Deal Brexit. It anticipates that indigenous SME UK-facing firms and the agri-food sector are among those sectors most exposed to a ... Read More
IITD Comment on Budget 2019

IITD Comment on Budget 2019

  Invest in future proofing workforce skills to drive employment growth and enterprise productivity and innovation   Irish Institute Training & Development response on the Budget 2019 Statement   Responding to the Budget Statement Sinead Heneghan, CEO IITD commented   “Budget 2019 sees an increase of the National Training Fund levy from 0.8% to 0.9% contributio... Read More
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