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News : Irish Economy Last Updated: Jul 5, 2013 - 12:13 PM

Irish Economy 2013: Jobs in export sectors 20,000 below year 2000 level
By Michael Hennigan, Finfacts founder and editor
Jul 4, 2013 - 6:27 AM

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Irish Economy 2013: Full-time permanent jobs in 2012 in the internationally tradeable export sectors (excluding tourism and transport) comprising both Irish and foreign-owned firms, were 20,000 below the year 2000 level, despite a growth of about 20% in the size of the workforce, according to official data issued today.

The fall in jobs in the export sectors has coincided with a rise in the total workforce (including the unemployed) of 364,000 people between the fourth quarter of 2000 and the same period in 2012, according to Central Statistics Office data.

So as the workforce expanded by 20% in the 12-year period to 2.15m, full-time permanent jobs in the internationally tradeable sectors dropped by 6%.    

During the boom period 2001-2007, there was no net jobs growth in the FDI (foreign direct investment) and indigenous exporting sectors

Ireland’s enterprise development agencies cumulatively supported the creation of almost 9,000 net jobs in 2012 according to data in the Forfás 2012 Annual Employment Survey which is published today. It covers the four development agencies, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Shannon Development and Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Total permanent full-time employment in agency-assisted companies operating in all sectors amounted to 294,785 in 2012, a net increase of 8,975 jobs (+3.1%) on employment levels in 2011 and continues the trend of positive growth in employment following three consecutive years of employment losses between 2007 and 2010. Gross job gains for 2012 were 26,005, which is slightly down on the 2011 figure of 27,201 (-4.4%).

Total full-time employment among Irish-owned companies amounted to 144,964 in 2012, an increase of 3,228 jobs (+2.3%) on the previous year. Among foreign-owned companies, total full-time employment amounted to 149,821 in 2012, an increase of 5,747 (+4%) on the previous year. Foreign-owned part-time employment also increased, by almost 600 jobs jobs (+3.4%) in 2012, whilst Irish-owned part-time employment levels increased marginally.

Analysis: Irish Economy 2013: New jobs data missing inconvenient facts

INDUSTRIAL 239,000 176,000
SERVICES 76,000 119,000
TOTAL 315,000 295,000
IRISH-OWNED 150,000 145,000
FOREIGN-OWNED 165,000 150,000
TOTAL 315,000 295,000

Richard Bruton,  enterprise and jobs minister, said: “This Government’s top priority is job-creation, and a key part of our plan to deliver jobs growth is supporting strong increases in employment in the agency-supported sector. The complete figures for 2012 published today by Forfás tally with other data we have seen on job-creation, and show that last year saw extremely strong jobs growth in a very challenging global environment, as well as the lowest level of job losses in over a decade.

“In the twelve months since we launched the Action Plan for Jobs, an average of 2,000 jobs per month have been created in the private sector, coming on after three years 2008-2010 when 7,500 jobs were lost per month. I am determined to build on this performance and deliver on our plan to get our economy back on the right path to sustainable, exporting, innovative and enterprise led growth that can provide the jobs we so badly need.”

The claim that an average of 2,000 jobs have been created each month in the year to March is not only misleading, it is false - - more in analysis article linked to above.

Martin D. Shanahan, Forfás chief executive, said : “The enterprise development agencies continued to secure new investments, employment in client companies and export growth in 2012. This is a clear indicator that our enterprise policies are working however if Ireland is to continue to grow exports and create jobs, improving our competitiveness is critical. As Ireland is largely reliant on global economic market performance, actions need to be taken on a number of domestic fronts within our control including reducing costs to businesses, improving productivity and increasing innovation.”

Forfás, which was a semi-independent policy advisory agency, only now exists in a virtual sense, as its functions have been transferred to the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.

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