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



Pregnancy at Work: A National Survey
June 27, 2011

Authors: Helen Russell, Dorothy Watson , Joanne Banks
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Low Pay, In-Work Poverty and Economic Vulnerability: A Comparative Analysis Using EU-SILC
May 27, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Bertrand Maître, Brian Nolan , Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Activation in Ireland: An Evaluation of the National Employment Action Plan
May 13, 2011 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Philip J O'Connell , Elish Kelly , John R Walsh
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Retirement and Labour Market Participation
May 10, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Irene Mosca, Alan Barrett
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Equality and Discrimination: Lessons from a Research Programme and a Conference
April 20, 2011 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Helen Russell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Changing Workplace
April 20, 2011 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Helen Russell , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Labour Market Mismatch Among UK Graduates: An Analysis Using REFLEX Data
April 13, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills


Estimating the Impact of Immigration on Wages in Ireland
April 8, 2011 | Journal Article

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


Esiste I’overeducation? Un analisi comparata
January 27, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Examining the Relationship between Wage Bargaining and Competitiveness in Ireland
December 30, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Elish Kelly , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills


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