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



Inequality and Discrimination in the Irish Labour Market
May 31, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Helen Russell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Problem of Overskilling in Australia and Britain
March 24, 2010 | Journal Article

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


Gender Differences in Pay Among Recent Graduates: Private Sector Employees in Ireland
March 16, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Helen Russell, Emer Smyth , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Skill Matching Challenge: Analysing Skill Mismatch and Policy Implications
February 18, 2010

Authors: Nigel O'Leary, Peter Sloane , Seamus McGuinness , Philip J O'Connell , Kostas Mavromaras
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Identification of Individuals at Risk of Becoming Long-term Unemployed
December 18, 2009 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


The Economic Returns to Field of Study and Competencies Among Higher Education Graduates in Ireland
November 19, 2009 | Journal Article

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


A Woman’s Place: Female Participation in the Irish Labour Market
November 13, 2009

Authors: Helen Russell, Frances McGinnity , Tim Callan , Claire Keane
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Social Indicators Research, Vol. 93, No. 3, September (II) 2009 – Comparing Work-Life Conflict in Europe: Evidence from the European Social Survey
September 30, 2009

Editors: Frances McGinnity , Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


EU Enlargement and Ireland’s Labour Market
September 25, 2009 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Alan Barrett
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


Benchmarking, Social Partnership and Higher Remuneration: Wage Settling Institutions and the Public-Private Sector Wage Gap in Ireland
September 21, 2009 | Journal Article

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


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