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Skills Development in Ireland – Professionals rate their processes as unsophisticated and ineffective

Understanding and meeting the future skills needs of Irish industry will be central to economic and social stability and progress over the coming decades. – Digitisation, AI and Robotics are already having a significant impact on work in many sectors and this trend is expected to increase in pace and intensity in the near term. … Continue reading

Future of Work in Ireland – Six groups with the largest number of persons employed whose jobs were at high risk of automation

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a seismic change in the way in which the labour market operates globally, with the fundamental relationship between the workplace and the workforce likely to be changed on a long-lasting basis. The future world of work, in particular at occupational level, should see a continued embracing of practices being utilised recently … Continue reading

COVID and Wage Subsidy in Ireland – A group of 570 employers had failed to set up the refund accounts

Trade union Unite has urged more construction sector employers to avail of the Government’s Covid-19 temporary wage subsidy scheme, saying it is “morally unacceptable” for profitable contractors to opt for layoffs instead. The union, which represents workers throughout the sector, has written to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to express concern at the failure of … Continue reading

COVID and Wage Subsidy in Ireland – Some anomalies

While praise is due to civil servants who have turned these schemes around with unusual rapidity, there have also been anomalies, resulting in some people being better off being laid off than kept on by their employer – particularly those in lower paid jobs. RTÉ has been told of examples of younger workers, for example students with … Continue reading

Minimum Wage in Ireland – A negative and statistically significant effect on the hours worked

On 1 January 2016, the Irish minimum wage (MW) increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour, an increase of approximately 6 per cent. Using data from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) for the years 2015 and 2016, we estimate the effect of the increase in the minimum wage on the hours worked and likelihood … Continue reading

Skills Gap in Ireland – A significant proportion of those in employment have low level qualifications and a large number of these are older workers

This document presents the main findings from research and consultation undertaken by SOLAS to inform the development of the 2018-2021 Further Education and Training Policy Framework for Skills Development of People in Employment. The findings are based on a review of national and international policy and research, and current policy, provision and supports for employee … Continue reading

New National Skills Strategy in Ireland – Skills demand in the economy, a report

In January 2016, the Government published a new National Skills Strategy – Ireland’s Future – which sets out the Government’s commitment to improving and using skills for sustainable economic growth. It outlines how Ireland can develop a well-skilled, adaptable workforce that contributes to, shares in, and benefits from opportunities of economic expansion. A critical success … Continue reading

Ireland – Unemployment rate down to its lowest level since 2008

The construction and industrial sectors delivered the most new jobs as a 59,400 increase in the number of full-time posts helped bring the unemployment rate down to its lowest level since 2008. Quarterly data published by the Central Statistics Office showed Ireland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 9.1 per cent in July-September this year … Continue reading

Vocational education and training has been neglected OECD says

“Vocational education and training has been neglected. If “strong vocational programmes increase competitiveness”, “many programmes fail to meet labour market needs” writes the OECD in LEARNING FOR JOBS: SUMMARY AND POLICY MESSAGES. The OCDE review “aims to bridge the gap between learning and jobs, by exploring how to make initial vocational education and training for … Continue reading

Ireland – Unemployment rate stays on six-year low

The unemployment rate was unchanged in June after falling to a six-year low of 9.7 per cent last month. According to new figures from the Central Statistics Office, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 11. 4 per cent when compared to the same month a year earlier. The number of unemployed people fell … Continue reading

Ireland – Employment increases 1.5% or 27,700 in a year (Q3)

There was an annual increase in employment of 1.5% or 27,700 in the year to the third quarter of 2014, bringing total employment to 1,926,900.  This compares with an annual increase in employment of 1.7% in the previous quarter and an increase of 3.2% in the year to Q3 2013. Summary points for Q3 2014 … Continue reading

Ireland – The proportion of families lacking one or more basic goods or services rose by almost one third

A SIX YEAR ESRI study involving almost 20,000 children has detailed the dramatic effect the recession has had on the economic vulnerability of families. The Growing up in Ireland study has continued interviewing two different groups of children, one of which was born in 1998 and the other in 2008. Both groups and their parents … Continue reading

Ireland – Unemployment rate hits five-year low of 11.5%

The number of people signing on the Live Register fell again this month as conditions in the labour market continue to improve. The latest set of figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed the number of claimants on the register dropped by 3,400 in July, the 25th consecutive monthly drop. As a result, the … Continue reading

Ireland – Unemployment rate falls by 0.2% in the quarter

The change, from 12.2% to 12%, failed to reach a 11.8% rate estimated in recent claims data. Unemployment fell for the eighth quarter in a row from a high of 15.1%, but did not match the eurozone average of 11.8%. via BBC News – Ireland unemployment rate falls by 0.2% in the quarter.

Ireland – Unemployment rate falls below 12 percent

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Ireland fell for the 20th successive month in February, dropping below 12 percent for the first time since April 2009, data showed on Wednesday. via Irish unemployment rate falls below 12 percent in Feb | Reuters.

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