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



A study of sub-minimum wage rates for young people
January 18, 2017

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


An Exploration of (Area-based) Social Inclusion and Community Development Training Programmes in Ireland
October 21, 2016 | ESRI Research Series

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


Is There a Role for Higher Education Institutions in Improving the Quality of First Employment?
October 1, 2016 | Journal Article

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


Front cover of Low Pay Commission 2016 report A Note on the National Minimum Wage
July 19, 2016 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Front cover of ESRI Research Bulletin 2016/2/4 Examining the Determinants and Consequences of Skill Gaps within Firms
June 1, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Front cover of Industrial Relations Journal Skill Gaps in the Workplace: Measurement, Determinants and Impacts
May 11, 2016 | Journal Article

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


Examining the Relationship between Employee Indicators of Resistance to Changes in Job Conditions and Wider Organisational Change: Evidence from Ireland
February 23, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Hugh Cronin
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Returns to Education in Vietnam between 2002 and 2010: The Role of Firm Ownership Type
December 7, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Pham Thi Thu Phuong, Thi Thu Thuy Ha , Elish Kelly , Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Developments in the Irish Labour Market during the Crisis: What Lessons for Policy?
December 4, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Thomas Conefrey, Martina Lawless , Suzanne Linehan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


The Equality Impact of the Unemployment Crisis
December 4, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Elish Kelly, Gillian Kingston , Helen Russell , Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


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