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



Regional Policy and the Full Employment Target
June 1, 1979 | Policy Research Series

Authors: Miceal Ross, Brendan Walsh
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Output and Employment in the Irish Food Industry to 1990
March 1, 1979 | General Research Series

Authors: A O'Rourke
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


The Working and Living Conditions of Civil Service Typists
June 1, 1978 | General Research Series

Authors: N O'Broin, G Farren
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Unemployment, Vacancies, and Full Employment in the Irish Manufacturing Sector
June 1, 1977 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Brendan Walsh
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


A Study of Schemes for the Relief of Unemployment in Ireland
January 1, 1977 | Broadsheet Series

Authors: Roy C Geary, M Dempsey , E Costa
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Redundancy and Re-Employment in Ireland
January 1, 1977 | General Research Series

Authors: Brendan Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Inter-Industry Differences in Male Percentage Unemployment Compensation — A Cross Section Analysis for Irish Manufacturing Industry
November 1, 1976 | QEC Special Article

Authors: F Kirwan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Orientations to Work: Some Theoretical and Methodological Problems
July 1, 1976 | Journal Article

Authors: Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Increasing Employment in Ireland
January 1, 1976 | Journal Article

Authors: Kieran Kennedy
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Seasonality and Unemployment in Ireland
October 2, 1975 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Brendan Dowling
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


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