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



Job Mismatches and Labour Market Outcomes: Panel Evidence on University Graduates
September 30, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Kostas Mavromaras, Seamus McGuinness , Nigel O'Leary , , Zhang Wei
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Attracting Highly Qualified and Qualified Third-Country Nationals: Ireland
September 6, 2013

Authors: Emma Quinn, Egle Gusciute
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


The Impact of the Recession on the Structure and Labour Market Success of NEET Youth in Ireland
July 31, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Growing Up in Ireland: Mothers’ Return to Work and Childcare Choices for Infants in Ireland
July 22, 2013 |

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Aisling Murray , Sinead McNally
Research Area: Children and Young People | Labour Markets and Skills


Divorce Legalisation and Female Labour Supply
June 6, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Claire Keane
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


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


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