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/training, and immigration (particularly the sourcing of skills which are in short supply in the Irish and EU labour market from the EEA); it also aims to inform career guidance advisors, students and other individuals making career and educational choices.


For the most part, the analysis presented in the Bulletin is based on data held in the SLMRU National Skills Database; it spans 95 occupational groups and examines a range of labour market indicators.


Irish Labour Market in 2018
Ireland continued to experience a strengthening labour market during 2018 with further improvements in a number of labour market indicators:
— the labour force increased by 43,000 (annual average)
— employment increased by over 63,000 (annual average)
— the employment rate increased by one percentage points to 68.7% (annual average)
— the participation rate increased by 0.2 percentage points to 62.2% (annual average)
— the number of persons in part-time employment who were underemployed declined by almost 7,000 in the year since quarter 4 2017
— the unemployment level declined by 20,400 (annual average)
— the unemployment rate declined by one percentage points to 5.8% (annual average)
— the long-term unemployment rate declined by 0.4 percentage points to 2.1% (quarter 4)
— the broad unemployment measure (combining unemployed and part-time underemployed persons)
declined by 1.1 percentage points to 9.9% (quarter 4)
— inward migration continued to exceed outward migration resulting in positive net migration of 33,800 persons in 2018, an increase of 10,600 persons since 2017
— the total number of redundancies declined to below 3,000, compared to 77,000 in 2009


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