Employment increases by 2.9% to over 2 million


CSO Quarterly National Household Survey: Quarter 2 2016

CIPD welcomes the increase in the numbers of those at work in Ireland, reaching over 2 million for the first time since 2009. This reflects the growth in the economy, the increase in jobs and the attractiveness of Ireland as a place to work and do business.

It is important that policy decisions continue to support job creation, and focus not just on the quantity of jobs but also the quality. Issues such as the level of basic take-home pay, taxation and pension coverage need innovative solutions, as part of championing better work and working lives for all workers.

Quarter 2 2016
Annual change
In labour force
Not in labour force

Key Findings

  • There was an annual increase in employment of 2.9% or 56,200 in the year to the second quarter of 2016, bringing total employment to 2,014,900.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged over the quarter at 8.4%.
  • Unemployment decreased by 23,400 (-11.1%) in the year to Q2 2016 bringing the total number of persons unemployed to 187,800.
  • The long-term unemployment rate decreased from 5.5% to 4.4% over the year to Q2 2016.
  • The total number of persons in the labour force in the second quarter of 2016 was 2,202,700 representing an increase of 32,800 (+1.5%) over the year.
  • There was been a return to net inward migration for Ireland (+3,100) for the first time since 2009.The number of immigrants to the State in the year to April 2016 is estimated to have increased by almost 15% from 69,300 to 79,300, while the number of emigrants declined over the same period, from 80,900 to 76,200.

CIPD believes the Government should immediately publish the recent internal audit report into the Jobbridge programme. With the growth in employment and reduction in unemployment, the role of Jobbridge in enabling upskilling and job creation needs clarification.