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



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


The Irish Labour Market and the Great Recession
August 7, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Alan Barrett, Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


The Determinants and Effects of Training at Work: Bringing the Workplace Back In
June 30, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Philip J O'Connell, Delma Byrne
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


EU Enlargement and Ireland’s Labour Market
June 27, 2012 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Alan Barrett
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Literacy, Numeracy and Activation among the Unemployed
June 13, 2012 | ESRI Research Series

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


Transitions to Long-Term Unemployment Risk Among Young People: Evidence from Ireland
May 21, 2012 | Journal Article

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


Explaining Changes in Earnings and Labour Costs During the Recession
April 18, 2012 | ESRI Economic Renewal Series

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


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