Our summary of the latest Irish key employment and labour market statistics from the Central Statistics Office.
Consumer Price Index - July 2016
- Consumer prices fell by 0.2% in July 2016 compared with a rise of 0.7% in June 2016 and a fall of 0.3% in July 2015.
- The annual rate of inflation was 0.5% in July 2016 compared to 0.4% in June 2016.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 11 August 2016
Live Register - July 2016
- The seasonally adjusted Live Register of unemployment benefit claimants, which includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseekers Benefit or Assistance, decreased by 5,100 or 1.7% to 300,300 in July 2016.
- In the year to July 2016, there was an unadjusted decrease of 44,334 or 12.2% to 319,294.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 5 August 2016
Monthly Unemployment - July 2016
- The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2016 was 7.8% unchanged from June 2016 and down from 9.2% in July 2015.
- The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 169,100 in July 2016, unchanged from June 2016 and down by 29,800 or 1.4% when compared to June 2015.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 3 August 2016
Quarterly National Household Survey – Quarter 2 2016
- Employment was 2,014,900 in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 56,200 or 2.9% over the year.
- The number of people unemployed was 187,800 in the second quarter of 2016, a decrease of 23,400 or 11.1% over the year.
- The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.4% in the second quarter of 2016 unchanged from the first quarter of 2016.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 23 August 2016
Industrial Disputes - Quarter 2 2016
- There were two disputes in progress in the second quarter of 2016 involving 255 workers and two firms resulting in 1,127 days lost.
- This compares with three disputes for the same period of 2015 involving 10,100 workers and resulting in 8,792 days lost.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 18 August 2016
Quarterly National Household Survey: Detailed Employment Series - Quarter 1 2010-Quarter 1 2016
- The number of persons in employment was 1,976,500 in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 46,900 or 2.4% over the year.
- Between the first quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2016 the number in employment increased by 84,600 or 4.5%.
- The total number of persons classified as self employed increased by 5.5% from 308,500 in the first quarter of 2010 to 325,500 in the first quarter of 2016.
- The number of employees increased by 67,200 or 4.3% from 1,569,200 to 1,636,400 during this time.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 27 July 2016
Quarterly National Household Survey: Pension Provision - Quarter 4 2015
- 47% of all workers aged between 20 and 69 years had a pension (occupational pension, personal pension or both) in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with 51% in the fourth quarter of 2009 and 54% in the first quarter of 2008.
- 14.1% of workers aged 20-24 years had a pension in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 36% of workers aged 25 to 34 years and 55.3% of workers aged 35-44 years.
- In the fourth quarter of 2015, 68% of workers expected to retire aged between 60 and 69 years while 8% had no intention of ever retiring.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 30 May 2016
Earnings and Labour Costs - Quarter 4 2015 (Final) Quarter 1 2016 (Preliminary Estimates)
- Average weekly earnings were €707.99 in the first quarter of 2016, down from €710.16 in the fourth quarter of 2015 and up from €700.63 in the first quarter of 2015.
- This represents a fall of 0.3% in the quarter and an increase of 1.1% in the year.
- Average hourly earnings were €22.40 in the first quarter of 2016, up from €21.89 in the fourth quarter of 2015 and €22.25 in the first quarter of 2015.
- This represents an increase of 2.3% in the quarter and an increase of 0.7% in the year.
- Average weekly paid hours were 31.6 in the first quarter of 2016, down from 32.4 in the fourth quarter of 2015 and up from 31.5 in the first quarter of 2015.
- This represents a decrease of 2.5% in the quarter and an increase of 0.3% in the year.
- Average hourly total labour costs were €25.86 in the first quarter of 2016, up from €25.33 in the fourth quarter of 2015 and €25.70 in the first quarter of 2015.
- This represents an increase of 2.1% in the quarter and an increase of 0.6% in the year.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 26 May 2016
Quarterly National Household Survey: Equality - Quarter 3 2014
- 12% of people aged 18 or over said that they felt discriminated against in the two years prior to the third quarter of 2014, the same as in the 2010 survey.
- The highest rates of discrimination were reported by people from non-white ethnic backgrounds (28%), and unemployed people (23%).
- 7% of people reported that they had experienced discrimination related to accessing services and 6% reported work-related discrimination.
- The most common grounds identified by people who had experienced discrimination were age (24%) and race (21%). However, 41% of people who felt they had been discriminated against believed that the ground was not one included in the equality legislation.
- Bullying or harassment (32%) and working conditions (22%) were the most common issues identified in workplace discrimination.
- Almost two thirds (64%) of people who experienced discrimination in the two years prior to the third quarter of 2014 did not take any action in response to their experience.
- Just over a quarter (26%) of people aged 18 or over indicated they had a good understanding of their rights under Irish equality legislation. In contrast, 19% of people stated they had no understanding of their rights.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 31 August 2015
Quarterly National Household Survey - Volunteering and Wellbeing - Quarter 3 2013
- Over a quarter (28.4%) of adults aged 15 years and above in Ireland volunteered in the third quarter of 2013.
- A slightly higher percentage of females (28.7%) than males (28.1%) volunteered.
- More than 232.8m hours were spent volunteering over the year.
- At the relevant national minimum wage, the value of this unpaid work would be over €2bn.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 16 July 2015
Quarterly National Household Survey - Detailed Employment Series - Quarter 1 2009-Quarter 1 2015
- Between the first quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2015 the number in employment fell by 66,900 or 3.4%.
- The total number of self employed people decreased by 4.4% from 333,500 in the first quarter of 2009 to 318,800 in the first quarter of 2015.
- The number of employees fell by 49,400 or 3.0% from 1,648,000 to 1,598,600 during this time.
- Part time employment decreased in eight of the 14 economic sectors in the year to the first quarter of 2015, while full time employment increased in11.
- There were 1,614,700 people in the same job for one year or more in the first quarter of 2015, with 1,314,400 in the same job for two years or more.
- The number of temporary employees decreased by 7,800 or 5.5% in the year to the first quarter of 2015 bringing the total number of temporary employees to 134,700.
- Out of a total of 1,598,600 employees in the first quarter of 2015, 423,400 or 26.5% had supervisory duties.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 25 June 2015
Quarterly National Household Survey – Retirement Planning Quarter 2 2012
This report covers the decisions and choices working people aged 50-69 make when considering retirement.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) press release, 24 June 2014
Quarterly National Household Survey: Employment in Full-Time Equivalents - Quarter 2 2007-2013
This report presents, for the first time, a measure of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employment using data from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS).
- In the second quarter of 2013, FTE employment in main jobs was estimated to be 1,645,600, while FTE employment in second jobs was estimated to be 16,500, resulting in total FTE employment of 1,662,100.
- From the second quarter of 2008 to the second quarter of 2013, FTE employment in main jobs was down by 299,100 or 15.4% while total FTE employment in main and second jobs was down by 303,100 or 15.4%.
- The number of persons in employment was down by 277,400 or 12.9% over the same period.
- FTE employment in main jobs increased by 26,800 or 1.7% over the year to the second quarter of 2013, while FTE employment in second jobs increased by 3,000 or 22.2% over the same period.
- Total FTE employment across main and second jobs increased by 29,900 or 1.8% over the year.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 3 September 2013
Quarterly National Household Survey: Educational Attainment Thematic Report 2011
- 38% of people aged 25-64 had a third level qualification in the second quarter of 2011.
- In the second quarter of 2011, 87% of those with a third level qualification were in the labour force compared to 46% of those with at most primary level education.
- The employment rate for persons with at most primary level education was 35% in the second quarter of 2011 compared with 81% for those with a third level qualification.
- 24% of those aged 25-64 with at most primary education were unemployed in the second quarter of 2011 compared to 7% of those with a third level qualification.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 14 December 2011
Quarterly National Household Survey: Unemployment Thematic Report - Quarter 1 2005-2011
- Unemployment increased by 212,000 or 253.3% from Q1 2005 to Q1 2011 reflecting an increase in the unemployment rate from 4.2% to 14.1%.
- 165,600 of this increase occurred between Q1 2008 and Q1 2010.
- The average duration of unemployment fell from 16.0 months in Q1 2005 to 10.4 months in Q1 2009 due to an increase in short-term unemployment. It increased to 20.2 months in Q1 2011 as more people became long-term unemployed
- From Q1 2005 to Q1 2011 the percentage of adults aged 18-59 living in jobless households increased from 9% to 16%.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 16 June 2011
Quarterly National Household Survey: Lifelong Learning - Quarter 3 2008
- 5% of adults aged 25 and over in Ireland received formal education (regular education through schools, colleges and universities) in the year to the third quarter of 2008..
- 20% received non formal education (organised learning activities outside the regular education system).
- 23% received lifelong learning (formal and/or non formal education).
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release 160/2010, 2 September 2010
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- Reported in: FARRELLY, R. (2010) One-third of employees say employer contributes to their education costs. IRN - Industrial Relations News. No 32, 9 September. p14.
Analysis of Wage Bill Change in Enterprises and Components of Change - Quarter 3 2008 to Quarter 3 2009 (Supplementary Analysis: Earnings and Labour Costs)
Presents the results of a new analysis of data from the Earnings Hours and Employment Costs Survey looking at the proportion of enterprises who recorded a change in their wage bill over the period Quarter 3 2008 to Quarter 3 2009 and how this change was implemented with reference to 3 components which drive the overall wage bill, namely number of employees, average paid hours per employee and average hourly earnings per employee.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, July 2010
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- Reported in: HIGGINS, C. (2010) Cuts in jobs and hours reduce wage bill more than pay cuts. IRN - Industrial Relations News. No 27, 15 July. pp16-17.
- and: SHEEHAN, B. (2010) Job cuts reduce wage bill more than pay cuts during crisis. Dublin: eironline.
Quarterly National Household Survey: Union Membership - Quarter 2 2009
- 34% of employees were union members in Q2 2009, an increase from 31% in Q2 2007.
- In Q2 2009, 37% of full time employees were members of a trade union compared to 20% of part time employees.
- In Q2 2009, the highest level of membership was recorded in the public administration and defence sector where 81% of employees were union members while the lowest level was in the accommodation and food service activities sector where 6% of employees were union members.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release 50/2010, 25 March 2010
Quarterly National Household Survey: Working Conditions - Quarter 1 2008
Gives detailed results from a new working conditions provided to employees section included in the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) which covered various work related benefits, working arrangements, training, employment rights and issues relating to job security.
Central Statistics Office, February 2010. Dublin: Stationery Office.
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- Reported in: FITZGERALD, K. (2010) Working conditions vary greatly by sector and education, says CSO. IRN - Industrial Relations News. No 9, 4 March. pp14-15.
Analysis of Live Register Flows - Quarter 1 2009
There were 155,215 entrants to the Live Register during the first quarter of 2009. By the end of June 2009:
- 59.1% of these were still on the Live Register
- 7.6% were in employment
- 4.0% were receiving a Social Welfare illness payment
- 0.3% were drawing a state pension
- the status of 19.1% was not known (This group includes those who had left Ireland, started self employment or returned to education.)
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 22 February 2010
Population and Migration Estimates - April 2016
- Emigration from Ireland in the 12 months to April 2016 is estimated to have decreased to 76,200 from 80,900 in the year to April 2015.
- The number of immigrants is estimated to have risen by almost 15% to 79,300 from 69,300 over the same period.
- These combined changes resulted in net inward migration of 3,100 in the year to April 2016.
- The combined effect of a natural increase of 35,300 and positive net migration resulted in an overall increase in the population of 38,400 bringing the population estimate to 4.67m in April 2016.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 23 August 2016
Earnings and Labour Costs - Annual Data
- Average earnings were €36,519 in 2015 compared to €36,090 in 2014, an increase of 1.2%.
- Average total labour costs were €42,221 in 2015 compared with €41,680 in 2014, an increase of 1.3%.
- Total earnings rose by 3.6% to €58.8bn in 2015 from €56.9bn in 2014.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 28 June 2016
County Incomes and Regional GDP
- Of the eight regional authority areas, the Dublin region had the highest average disposable income per person in 2013 at €20,885, 11.6% higher than the State average of €18,707.
- Of the remaining seven regions, only the Mid West at €19,168 had an average disposable income per person higher than the State average.
- The Border region with €16,610 and the Midland region with €17,052 fared worst among the eight regions.
- The gap between the maximum and minimum value of disposable income per person per region increased from €4,127 in 2012 to €4,275 in 2013
- Dublin remained the only region with higher per capita disposable income than the State average during the entire 2004-2013 period while the Midland, Border and West regions have continuously earned less than the State average.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 23 February 2016
Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC)
The survey is a household survey covering a broad range of issues in relation to income and living conditions. It is the official source of data on household and individual income and also provides a number of key national poverty indicators. The reports include comparative information for previous years
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 26 November 2015
Foreign Nationals: PPSN Allocations, Employment and Social Welfare Activity
- Of the 62,984 foreign nationals aged 15 and over assigned PPSNs (personal public service numbers) in 2009, only 19.6% had employment in Ireland at any time during 2014.
- Of the 85,724 foreign nationals aged 15 years and over who were allocated new PPSNs in 2014, 29,637 had employment during the year.
- Of the foreign nationals aged 15 and over who were assigned PPSNs during the period 2002-2014, 337,150 recorded employment at some time during 2014.
- 96,167 foreign nationals were assigned PPSNs in 2014 compared to 79,161 in 2009.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 26 November 2015
Statistical Yearbook of Ireland
The yearbook presents a comprehensive picture of Ireland today providing detailed information, tables and graphs across a wide range of topics including people, society, business, economy, tourism & transport and agriculture.
Central Statistics Office, October 2015
Measuring Ireland's Progress
This report provides an overview of the social, economic, environment, education and health situation in Ireland. It also gives data for the other EU countries, and where available, the three EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and the three countries (Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey) who were official candidates in 2012. (Croatia joined the EU on 1 July 2013.)
Central Statistics Office, February 2015. Dublin: Stationery Office.
- Go to 2013 report
- Please note: links to the 2003-2012 reports are available in the right hand margin.
- Job creation and destruction rates in the business economy have stabilised at around 12% since 2011.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 17 December 2014
Women and Men in Ireland
This report examines key differences in the lives of men and women in Ireland covering society, employment, social cohesion and lifestyles, education, and health.
Central Statistics Office, July 2014
Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC): Thematic Report on the Elderly 2004, 2009, 2010 (revised) and 2011
This report includes information on the composition of the elderly cohort, the level and composition of gross weekly equivalised income, the at risk of poverty rate, the consistent poverty rate and rates of enforced deprivation experienced by the elderly in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011. It found that:
- The average gross weekly equivalised income of the elderly was €407.28 in 2011 compared with €411.90 in 2010, €428.86 in 2009 and €289.05 in 2004.
- The proportion of average income coming from earnings fell from 24.1% in 2004 to 16.1% in 2011.
- The proportion of income coming from social transfers increased from 56.8% in 2004 to 62.7% in 2011.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release, 15 August 2013
Regional Quality of Life in Ireland
The report provide a comprehensive set of social indicators relating to population, housing, lifestyles, transport and travel, health and care, education, economy, and environment broken down by regional authority area and county.
Central Statistics Office, May 2013. Dublin: Stationery Office.
Population and Labour Force Projections 2011-2041
This report provides projections of the:
- Population classified by age and sex at five year intervals for the period 2016 to 2046.
- Labour force classified by age, sex and female marital status for 2016, 2021 and 2026.
Central Statistics Office, April 2013. Dublin: Stationery Office.
National Employment Survey
This report contains the results of the National Employment Survey (NES), a sample survey of employers and employees with a particular focus on earnings data. It includes a range of tables on earnings levels by various characteristics of employees, such as gender, occupation and educational level, and the employer, such as economic
Employee Skills, Training and Job Vacancies Survey 2006
- 45.5% of enterprises provided internal and/or external training courses for their employees in 2006.
- Course attendees spent an average of 3.2 days on training courses in 2006 with 2.1 days on internal courses and 1.1 days on external courses.
- 44.4% of enterprises had annual performance reviews in 2006
- The number of job vacancies, as a percentage of the total number of employees, was 3.8% at the end of December 2006. Around 30% of all job vacancies were reported to be difficult to fill in December 2006.
- 12.6 % of enterprises had acute shortages of English language skills amongst at least some of their employees in December 2006 while 46.6% of enterprises had at least some acute shortage of particular skills.
- 23% of employees preferred on the job training making it the most popular method of addressing employees' skills requirements.
- 48% of employees had acquired the skills for their current job in 2006 by on the job training.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) release 35/2009, 20 February 2009
Census 2016 will take place on 24 April 2016.
The Census 2011 reports cover the following demographic and socio-economic areas:
- Age profile
- Employment, occupations and industry
- Living arrangements
- Migration and diversity
- Ethnicity and culture
- Health, disability and carers
- Education, skills and the Irish language