National Skills Bulletin 2016

A Report by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN)

National Skills Bulletin 2016 - 30 September 2016 

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 is the latest in an annual series of reports, which provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level.

The latest edition of the Bulletin outlines further improvements in the Irish labour market during 2015, which 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).

As employment prospects continue to improve across all sectors of the economy, an increasing number of employers are experiencing issues with attracting and retaining employees. 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).

The information presented in the Bulletin informs policy formulation in the areas of employment, education/training, career guidance and immigration. The Bulletin also aims to assist students, job seekers, persons returning to the labour force, investors and employers in making labour market decisions.

Occupation Groups:

Science Occupations

Engineering Occupations

IT Occupations

Business and Financial Occupations

Helathcare Occupations

Education Occupations

Social and Care Occupations

Legal and Security Occupations

Construction Professional and Associate Professional Occupations

Construction Craft Occupations

Other Craft Occupations

Arts, Sports and Tourism Occupations

Transport and Logistics Occupations

Administrative and Secretarial Occupations

Sales and Customer Service Occupations


Elementary Occupations

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