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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.

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New ESRI research examining the impact of recent minimum wage increases finds that while some minimum wage employees experienced a reduction in hours, average take-home pay increased

This research, funded by the Low Pay Commission, examines the cumulative effect of three recent minimum wage increases on the hours worked of minimum wage employees. 

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Identifying international best practice for measuring the impacts of rural and community development spending

Evaluation and monitoring are key tools to ensuring that public monies are being effectively spent and that government-funded programmes, and initiatives, are achieving their stated goals and objectives. This report examines international best practice in evaluation and monitoring in areas relevant for the Department for Rural and Community Department. 

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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. 

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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.