Irish Economy
Irish Economy: Data confirms jobs in foreign-owned exporting firms in 2013 below 2000 level
By Michael Hennigan, Finfacts founder and editor
Apr 15, 2014 - 9:14 AM

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Irish Economy: A report published Monday in Dublin confirmed that jobs in foreign-owned exporting firms in 2013 remained below their level in 2000 despite a 22% rise in the workforce in the period since.

The 'Annual Employment Survey 2013' report published by Forfás, the public research unit, shows that total employment in foreign-owned exporting firms, which receive public subsidies from state enterprise agencies, was 172,000 in 2013 compared with 184,000 in 2000 while total employment in indigenous internationally trading firms was at 177,000 compared with 172,000 in 2000.

The net addition in jobs was 12,400 and full-time employment in foreign-owned agency-assisted firms was slightly higher than Irish-owned agency-assisted firms by 1,200 jobs. However, there was more part-time employment in Irish-owned client companies (26,030 jobs in Irish-owned companies compared with 20,137 in foreign-owned).

The report format has been essentially the same for the past two decades and letters are dispatched to the clients of Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta, requesting global figures for full time employment and 'others' for the current and past years (see pages 49/51 in the Appendix report).

For sectoral information, the agencies presumably provide Forfás with the categories for firms but within each category, there is no information on the breakdown of function.

For example, the staff of several big computer services firms are mainly involved in sales and general administration rather than specific high tech activity.

Ministers and senior officials likely have no interest in having more detail.

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