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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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One-to-one supports are effective in helping the long-term unemployed with low levels of education to transition into employment

New ESRI research shows improved employment outcomes among the long-term unemployed who receive employment supports under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).

Minimum Wage
Half of all minimum wage employees work in the accommodation, food and retail sectors, which have experienced widespread business closures due to the Covid-19 crisis

A new ESRI study provides an overview of minimum wage policy in Ireland over the last twenty years and reviews the evidence on the labour market impacts of recent changes to the Irish minimum wage.

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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.