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Where are the available workers?

Sectors where significant unemployment is likely to persist are those that were worst affected by the recession, most notably occupations in

  • retail,
  • craft (bricklayers, carpenters, architects, quantity surveyors, plumbers, plasterers, foremen, electricians)
  • Plant and machine operatives
  • clerical & administrative and
  • elementary occupations

For more information see the National Skills Bulletin or

Text last edited on: 02/2017

Where are the available jobs?

With improved performance of all sectors of the economy, skills shortages appear across a range of occupations including:

  • Professionals/associate professionals

    • ICT (software developers, cloud, databases/big data, testing, security, technical support, networking and infrastructure)
    • Engineering (production, process, quality, validation, product design/development, electronic, electrical, mechanical and chemical)
    • Science (analytical development chemist, formulation scientist, microbiologist, QC analyst/validation technician)
    • Business & finance (risk, compliance, accounting, business intelligence, data analytics)
    • Health (doctors, nurses, radiographers, niche area specialists (e.g. prosthetists, radiation therapists, audiologists), managers)
    • Construction (surveyors, project managers)
  • Clerical (multilingual financial clerks in fund accounting/administration, credit controllers, payroll specialists)
  • Skilled trades (chefs, tool making, welding (TIG, MIG), butchers/de-boners, steel-erector)
  • Sales (technical sales, multilingual customer support)
  • Operatives (CNC, drivers (fork lift and special vehicle)
  • Retention issues (care, chefs, butchers/de-boners, elementary)

More details on these shortages can be found in the National Skills Bulletin and Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply 2016

Text last edited on: 02/2017


Short overview of the labour market:

As an international trading economy, with a small domestic market, Ireland is heavily dependent on foreign trade. Ireland is regularly cited as one of the most open markets in the world and rates highly in globalisation indexes. Ireland has bounced back from a prolonged recession, with the Central Bank estimating overall growth of 4.5% in 2016 and forecasting growth of 3.3% in 2017 – the highest in the European Union.   

This strong growth is also accompanied by lower levels of unemployment, measured at 7.9% in the third quarter of 2016 and forecast to drop to 6.9% in 2017, accompanied by a 2.1% rise in employment.

Text last edited on: 02/2017


Hot jobs:

Top 10 of the most required occupations in Ireland

1.    Chefs    (ISCO 3434)
2.    Sales and marketing managers    (ISCO 1221)
3.    Health care assistants    (ISCO 5321)
4.    Shop sales assistants    (ISCO 5223)
5.    Kitchen helpers    (ISCO 9412)
6.    Cleaners and helpers in offices, hotels and other establishments    (ISCO 9112)
7.    Secondary education teachers    (ISCO 2330)
8.    Waiters    (ISCO 5131)
9.    Personal services workers not elsewhere classified    (ISCO 5169)
10.  Cooks    (ISCO 512)

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