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Labour Markets and Skills

Research focuses on a wide range of policy areas examining how workers are faring in the labour market and what skills workers need to meet the needs of an evolving economy. Research topics include pay, unemployment, training and skills.

Minimum Wage
2018 minimum wage increase led to some temporary reductions in hours worked

The 2018 minimum wage increase led to some temporary reductions in the hours worked by minimum wage employees. However, the changes were found only in particular segments of the economy and did not persist beyond the first half of 2018.

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An initial evaluation of the effectiveness of Intreo activation reforms

Research examines if reforms to Ireland's public employment services (Intreo) had an impact on exits from the Live Register. 

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Overeducation and skills mismatch

Download research examining the incidence of overeducation in Ireland and how it compares to other EU countries. 

Minimum Wage
Minimum wage in Ireland

A number of reports examine who earns the minimum wage in Ireland and how long people remain on the minimum wage for. 

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Labour market programmes

Research examines programmes including the Post-Leaving Certificate programme and the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.