National Skills Bulletin 2016 – Overview of the Irish Labour Market

The latest edition of the National Skills Bulletin, published by the EGFSN, outlines further improvements in the Irish labour market during 2015.  These improvements include increases in employment and labour force and declines in the number of unemployed, long-term unemployed and underemployed persons.

Despite these improvements, challenges remain in relation to outward migration, new entrants to the labour market and persons with less than higher secondary education attainment.

  • With improved performance of all sectors of the economy, shortages are intensifying in the following areas: ICT, engineering, sales/customer care, logistics, health, business and finance.
  • Strong growth in the construction sector has led to a sharp decline in the number of unemployed persons previously employed in this sector and an emergence of shortages of certain skills (project managers, surveyors and steel erectors/fixers).
  • Higher than average employee turnover has been identified for a number of occupations, including care workers, sales workers, general clerks, elementary occupations (e.g. waiters, cleaners, catering assistants, security workers), as well as some highly skilled occupations (e.g. IT professionals).

Read the full report or a slide presentation summarise the key findings, online at:


Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2016

The Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2016 provides an overview of the Irish labour market at regional level (Border, Dublin, Mid-East, Midland, Mid-West, South-East, South-West, and West regions).

The report compiles relevant information including employment, unemployment, job vacancies, labour market transitions, and indications for regional skills requirements in the short term. It also presents information on regional skills supply from education and training.

The Report presents a comprehensive profile of Ireland’s regions and provides information of relevance for career guidance, policy makers, and job seeker initiatives and services at regional level.

Read the full report or a slide presentation summarise the key findings, online at: