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



front cover of special article Educational attainment and skill utilisation in the Irish labour market: An EU comparison
December 5, 2017 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Paul Redmond, Adele Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Assessing the stability of employment among young people in Ireland after the Great Recession
November 27, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

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


An examination of early retirement in Ireland pre and post the Great Recession
November 24, 2017 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness , Paul Redmond
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Employment and hours impacts of the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage in Northern Ireland
November 23, 2017

Authors: Andrew Park, Duncan McVicar , Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Overeducation among European university graduates: A constraint or a choice?
November 13, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Luis Ortiz, Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


A study of minimum wage employment in Ireland: the role of worker, household and job characteristics
November 1, 2017

Authors: Bertrand Maître, Seamus McGuinness , Paul Redmond
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Did increasing the state pension age in Ireland affect the overall retirement rate of 65 year olds?
October 3, 2017 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Paul Redmond, Seamus McGuinness , Elish Kelly
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Using monitoring data to assess community development: Evidence from Ireland
September 18, 2017 | Journal Article

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


Introduction: skills and education mismatch
August 31, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Is there a role for higher education institutions in improving the quality of first employment?
August 31, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

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


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