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 responsive to labour market requirements.
2017 saw a continued growth in employment in Ireland with an additional 62,000 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.Skills Bulletin Infographic (1)