Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Richard Storey from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

Richard Storey

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Richard Storey

The initial couple of days can be tough as you are in training and it can make people rethink about working here, but I would have to say persevere, as there are rewards at the end of the tunnel.

McDonald's put their people first and never leave them doing the same job all the time. To work in McDonald's you requires patience, a good personality with a willingness to learn something new everyday.

Showing an interest in other peoples interests would help as you have to work as a team so interpersonal skills are ESSENTIAL!!


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Legal & Security Occupations

The sector contracted over the period 2011 and 2016, with a reduction of around 4,500 persons employed in the area. Of all occupational groups, this was the most severe reduction.

The sector encompasses two relatively distinct areas, with most people working in the sector involved in public administration and defence, the remainder operate in professional, technical and scientific roles, for example those in law and legal services.

One occupational group that grew between 2011 to 2016 was that of Barristers, judges, solicitors and related professionals, with moderate growth, of 1.2% speeding to an annual average of 11.8% between 2015 and 2016.

Data from National Skills Bulletin, 2017. SOLAS Skills and Labour Market Research Unit Figure 1: This chart displays the changes in employment in selected legal and security occupations over two time periods, highlighting the changing trends as three out of four occupations change from negative or static growth to positive growth. Data from National Skills Bulletin, 2017. SOLAS Skills and Labour Market Research Unit.

However, in all other legal and security occupations there were declines in average annual employment growth. For example, army personnel fell 5.4% per year on average and Gardai fell 4.7% per year on average.


Following from the National Skills Bulletin, 2017
Key points for selected legal and security occupations

  • In 2016, there were approximately 37,500 persons employed in legal and security occupations, representing 1.9% of Ireland’s workforce
  • Two thirds of overall employment was concentrated in public administration and defence, while a further one quarter was in professional, scientific and technical activities
  • Over the period 2011 to 2016, overall employment levels in legal and security occupations contracted (by 2.2% on average annually, or 4,500 persons); this was the strongest rate of decline of the 17 occupational groups examined
  • Over the five-year period, employment contracted in all occupations, excluding barristers, judges, solicitors and related professionals; the strongest declines (in absolute and relative terms) were observed for army personnel (5.3% on average annually) and Gardaí (4.7% on average annually)
  • Between 2015 and 2016, employment increased by 5.8% (compared to a 2.9% increase nationally); employment levels for most occupations changed marginally with 2,000 new jobs created over the period 
  • Over four fifths of persons employed in legal and security occupations was aged 25-54; one quarter of employed barristers, judges, solicitors and related professionals was 55 or older
  • Almost all persons employed as legal professionals (i.e. barristers, judges, solicitors and related legal professionals) had attained third level qualifications; the corresponding share was 42% for employed army personnel and 53% for protective service workers; 18% of employed army personnel and 12% of protective services workers had attained lower secondary or less qualification
  • While employment in most occupations was predominantly male, this was not the case for barristers, judges, solicitors and related professionals (57% female) 
  • Most persons employed in the selected occupations worked full-time and were Irish-nationals

Shortage Indicators

There were 11,900 legal professionals (including judges, barristers and solicitors) employed in Ireland in 2016. The demand for law graduates is not confined to the legal profession alone and there is a need for legal expertise across various business and industry sectors, particularly in relation to compliance in sectors such as aviation, finance (antifraud), security and data analytics/protection issues. With over 1,700 law graduates from NFQ level 8 and above courses in 2015, the supply from the education and training system appears to be sufficient.

Nonetheless, the Recruitment Agency Survey has identified an increased demand for corporate, taxation, compliance and merger lawyers.


Labour Market Research 24

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

Vacancy Overview 2016 - EGFSN 
Detailed analysis of labour market indicators, vacancy trends and difficult to fill vacancies from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (May 2017)
Addressing the Demand for Skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics Sector in Ireland 2015 2020 
February 2015 EGFSN report assessing the skills and competency requirements for the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland up to 2020
Vacancy Overview 2014 - EFGSN 
The Vacancy Overview 2014 produced May 2015 by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS on behalf of the EGFSN, draws on data from newly advertised job vacancies in the following sources: DSP Jobs Ireland and The analysis focuses
Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply 
July 2015 report on those entering and leaving the Irish education system (primary, post-primary,further education and training, and higher education) spanning the ten levels of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2015 
Annual report produced by the EGFSN which identifies variations in skills supply and demand across 8 regions (Border, Dublin, Mid East, Mid-West, Midland, South East, South West and West).
Assessment of Future Skills Requirements in the Hospitality Sector in Ireland 2015-2020 
Report from the EGFSN assessing the skills demand within the Hospitality sector in Ireland to 2020 to ensure the right supply of skills to help drive domestic hospitality sector business and employment growth.
Vacancy Overview 2015 - EGFSN May 2016 
A report produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs contextualising 2015 vacancy data with what is occurring in the Irish labour market
Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry in Ireland August 2016 
This report reviews the supply of, and demand for, skills within the Biopharma Industry in Ireland up to 2020, with a specific focus on Biologics manufacturing as a growing sub-sector within the industry. It is estimated that 8,400 potential job openings
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin October 2016 
A Report prepared by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS.
Trends in Education and Training Outputs 
Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply - A report by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs November 2016
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Current Labour Market Info 4

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

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
Download publication in PDF format.
SCSI Employment Opportunities & Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying 2014-18 
New report April 2014 from SCSI outlining the Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying projected from 2014-2018
Shortage of craft/entry level staff in the Hotel Sector 
Hotels and guesthouses are experiencing serious difficulties recruiting suitably qualified craft/entry level staff - IHF Annual Conference 24/2/14
National Skills Bulletin 2015 
The National Skills Bulletin 2015 provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, drawing on a variety of data sets, which have been systematically gathered in the National Skills Database (NSD) since 2003.

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