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.