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



Literacy, Numeracy and Activation among the Unemployed
June 13, 2012 | ESRI Research Series

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


Transitions to Long-Term Unemployment Risk Among Young People: Evidence from Ireland
May 21, 2012 | Journal Article

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


Explaining Changes in Earnings and Labour Costs During the Recession
April 18, 2012 | ESRI Economic Renewal Series

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


The Transition from Short- to Long-Term Unemployment: A Statistical Profiling Model for Ireland
March 31, 2012 | Journal Article

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


Wage Inequality in Ireland’s Celtic Tiger Boom
March 31, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Sarah Voitchovsky, Bertrand Maître , Brian Nolan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Impact of Ireland’s Recession on the Labour Market Outcomes of its Immigrants
February 16, 2012 | Journal Article

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


Workplace Equality in the Recession? The Incidence and Impact of Equality Policies and Flexible Working
November 15, 2011

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


What Can Active Labour Market Policies Do?
November 9, 2011 | ESRI Economic Renewal Series

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


Migrants, minorities, mismatch? Skill mismatch among migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe
October 18, 2011 |

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, N O'Leary
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Labour Market Models in the EU
September 2, 2011 |

Authors: Ferry Koster, John McQuinn , Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills


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