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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

The Irish Labour Market

The labour market is a term used to describe the relationship between the workplace (available employment) and the workforce (people, aged 16 and over, who are working or are available to work). A labour market is said to be healthy if there is enough work available for all those who seek it. Most countries in the world have some difficulty achieving or maintaining a healthy labour market.

Recent years have seen a continued growth in employment in Ireland with a additional persons employed over the year. Growth was particularly strong in a number of sectors, including construction, accommodation and food, and education. In terms of occupations, an expansion was evident for those employed in professional occupations, skilled trades (including chefs and construction trades) and personal services (e.g. care workers). An increase in inward migration (including an increase in the number of new employment permits being issued) indicates that Ireland has indeed re-established itself as an attractive place to work.

The following links provide access to the main sources of information from which we determine the state of our labour market. It is worth noting that the predictions and commentries made by economists, researchers and journalists provide information to be considered carefully, but we recommend that any predictions as to the future state of the labour market (2+ years) should be just one factor of many to be considered to guide your choice of career.

Labour Market Research

These links are to well established sources of information used to review, evaluate and predict changes in our labour market.

OECD Skills Outlook 2019 
Economies and societies are undergoing digital transformations that bring both opportunities and challenges and countries’ preparedness to seize the benefits of a digital world is largely dependent on the skills of their population.
Ireland's National Skills Strategy 2025 
The National Skills Strategy 2025 was developed in the context of significant reform in the education and training sector to ensure a more dynamic, responsive and high quality system that provides all learners with the knowledge and skills they need.
Technology Skills 2022, Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan 
This plan sets out those priority actions which will be undertaken in the four-year period 2019-2022 to meet the demands for high-level ICT skillsets in the Irish economy.
Hospitality Skills Oversight Group Report 2018 
This EGFSN report assessed the skills demand needs arising within the Hospitality sector in Ireland – hotels, restaurants, bars, canteens and catering – over the period to 2020.
EGFSN Digital Transformation Report 2018 
This is a study on the impacts of the adoption of digital technologies over the years 2018 to 2023. This study provides insights on the impacts that the adoption of digital technologies will have on workers in Ireland by sector, occupation and region, and
Update on Future Skills Needs in the Food and Drink Sector 
Food Wise 2025 projects significant growth over the coming years, with a target of 85% exports growth to €19 billion by 2025, as well as an increase of 23,000 jobs over the period. These targets are dependent on successfully addressing the skills needs of
National Skills Bulletin 2018 
The National Skills Bulletin provides an essential source of information on the labour market in Ireland and the skills needs of the economy. The analysis provides a wealth of information which can be utilised by policy makers as we aim to ensure we are
IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b
ESRI - Economic and Social Research Institute 
The ESRI is one of Europe's leading research centres in the social sciences. Their main focus is research on economic and social change in Ireland in the new global context.
HEA - Higher Education Authority 
This link points to some of the Statistical data created by the HEA relating to our Higher Education system.
Forfás - Ireland's national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation 
Forfás provides the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (formerly Enterprise, Trade and Employment - DETE) and other stakeholders with analysis, advice and support on issues related to enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation.
CSO - Central Statistics Office 
This is the primary source of statistical information about our population. Several of the reports generated by the CSO provide the basis of most other reports on the Labour Market.

Current Labour Market related info 

These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

EGFSN December 2018 e-bulletin 
An update on various issues being addressed by the EGFSN
National Skills Bulletin 2018 
The National Skills Bulletin provides an essential source of information on the labour market in Ireland and the skills needs of the economy. The analysis provides a wealth of information which can be utilised by policy makers as we aim to ensure we are
IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
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Labour Market Commentries

These links are to sites web pages that contain commentries and views about aspects of our labour market.

EGFSN December 2018 e-bulletin 
An update on various issues being addressed by the EGFSN
Demand for Skills in Construction to 2020 
A new report by DKM shows that industry can grow on average by 9% per year up to 2020 but warns of potential skills shortages.
National Skills Bulletin 2018 
The National Skills Bulletin provides an essential source of information on the labour market in Ireland and the skills needs of the economy. The analysis provides a wealth of information which can be utilised by policy makers as we aim to ensure we are
IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b
Future Skills Requirements of the Biopharma-Pharmachem Sector 
The biopharma pharmachem sector has a high economic impact in the Irish economy, providing significant high skilled employment. The objective of the study is to review the supply of, and demand for, skills required to address the skill needs of the Biopha
OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development 
Economic Survey of Ireland, 2018

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