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



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

Authors: Brendan Dowling
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Employment Relationships In Irish Counties
May 1, 1975 | General Research Series

Authors: Terry Baker, M Ross
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Wage Inflation and Wage Leadership: A Study of the Role of Key Wage Bargains in the Irish System of Collective Bargaining
April 1, 1975 | General Research Series

Authors: James O'Brien
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


The Structure of Unemployment in Ireland, 1954-1972
October 1, 1974 | General Research Series

Authors: Brendan Walsh
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Irish Full Employment Structures, 1968 and 1975
May 1, 1974 | General Research Series

Authors: Eamon Henry
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Regional Employment Patterns in Northern Ireland
January 1, 1974 | General Research Series

Authors: W Black,
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Women and Employment in Ireland: Results of a National Survey
April 1, 1973 | General Research Series

Authors: A O'Toole
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


Views on Income Differentials and the Economic Situation
November 1, 1970 | General Research Series

Authors: H Behrend, A Knowles , J Davies
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Certain Aspects of Non-Agricultural Unemployment in Ireland
February 1, 1970 | General Research Series

Authors: Roy C Geary, Gerry Hughes
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


The Dual Career Family
January 1, 1970 | Geary Lecture Series

Authors: Rhona Rapoport
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


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