Labour Markets and Skills

Labour Markets and Skills research in the ESRI incorporates many of the issues central to the functioning of modern societies such as unemployment, pay determination and wellbeing in the workplace. Researchers in this area have published findings on a wide range of issues, including unemployment, earnings and pay bargaining institutions, migration, equality, skills and training, and further education.

Recent research has included examining how effective various activation measures are at increasing employment, how suitable further education programmes are to labour market needs, and how youth labour market participation has changed since the recession. Labour market researchers at the ESRI have also been involved in providing regular reports on Ireland’s labour market progress to the European Commission. Since the beginning of 2015, researchers have submitted a Regular Report to the European Policy Observatory (EEPO), which is funded by the European Commission, on recent developments in the Irish labour market. Reports outlining Irish policy regarding (a) upskilling the unemployed and (b) the use of labour market intelligence, have also been completed for the EEPO in recent months.


Main Publications in Labour Markets and Skills Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Overeducation in Europe: trends, convergence, and drivers
June 12, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Adele Bergin , Adele Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


front cover of BKMNEXT354 Estimating the effect of an increase in the minimum wage on hours worked and employment in Ireland
April 18, 2018

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Paul Redmond
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Skills mismatch: concepts, measurement and policy approaches
January 23, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Konstantinos Pouliakas , Paul Redmond
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Evaluation of PLC programme provision
January 9, 2018 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Adele Bergin , Elish Kelly , Selina McCoy , Emer Smyth , Dorothy Watson ...
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


JA201801 front cover The labour market in Ireland, 2000−2016
January 3, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Adele Bergin, Elish Kelly
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Atypical work and Ireland’s labour market collapse and recovery
December 15, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Elish Kelly, Alan Barrett
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


front cover of special article Educational attainment and skill utilisation in the Irish labour market: An EU comparison
December 5, 2017 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Paul Redmond, Adele Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Assessing the stability of employment among young people in Ireland after the Great Recession
November 27, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness , Adele Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


An examination of early retirement in Ireland pre and post the Great Recession
November 24, 2017 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness , Paul Redmond
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Employment and hours impacts of the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage in Northern Ireland
November 23, 2017

Authors: Andrew Park, Duncan McVicar , Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


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