Employment growth was particularly strong in construction, accommodation and food and the education sector. Approximately 400,000 people commenced in a new role last year.
Produced by SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority with responsibility for funding, planning and co-ordinating further education and training in Ireland, on behalf of the National Skills Council, the Bulletin provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, by examining a variety of indicators on demand and supply based on an analysis of data in the CSO's Labour Force Survey. This is the fourteenth in an annual series of reports produced by SOLAS' team of labour market economists and researchers.
The Bulletin helps to inform policy formulation in the areas of employment, education and training, career guidance and immigration. The Bulletin also aims to assist students, job seekers, people returning to the labour force, investors and employers in making labour market decisions.
As Ireland continued to experience a strengthening labour market, key findings include:
- An annual increase in employment of 61,900 persons in 2017 to reach 2.19 million
- Employment growth was particularly strong in construction (increase of 12,300, driven primarily by an increase in employment in skilled trades), accommodation and food (increase of 13,400 relating to waiters, kitchen assistants and chefs) and the education sector increase of 11,400 relating lecturers, secondary school teachers, education support teachers);
- Approximately 400,000 people commenced in new roles in 2017. This occurred most frequently in the wholesale and retail sector along with accommodation and food services sector. Commencement in roles was most frequent in occupations such as catering assistants, waiters, bar staff, sales such as retail sales assistants, and professionals such as IT roles, education and health;
- During 2017, employers continued to source skills from outside the EEA. Approximately 9,400 new employment permits were issued in 2017; a 22 per cent increase on the previous year with most new permits issued for those employed in IT and health;
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