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



Under Pressure: The Impact of Recession on Employees in Ireland
March 27, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Staying on the Dole: Profiling the Risk of Long-term Unemployment Among Young People in Ireland
March 6, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Comparing Public and Private Sector Pay in Ireland: Size Matters
January 31, 2013 | QEC Research Note

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


Ethnicity and Nationality in the Irish Labour Market: Evidence from the QNHS Equality Module 2010
January 16, 2013

Authors: Gillian Kingston, Philip J O'Connell , Elish Kelly
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Disability in the Irish Labour Market: Evidence from the QNHS Equality Module 2010
January 16, 2013

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Gillian Kingston , Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Female Labour Supply and Divorce – New Evidence from Ireland
November 2, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Olivier Bargain, Libertad Gonzalez , Claire Keane , Berkay Ozcan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Skills, Job Control and the Quality of Work: The Evidence from Britain
September 27, 2012 | Geary Lecture Series

Authors: Duncan Gallie
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Literacy and Numeracy Difficulties in the Irish Workplace: Impact on Earnings and Training Expenditures
September 24, 2012 | ESRI Research Series

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


Overskilling Dynamics and Education Pathways
September 20, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Kostas Mavromaras, Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


What Are the Characteristics of the Employers of the Low Paid in Australia?
August 7, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Elizabeth Webster , Kostas Mavromaras
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


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