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
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.
Irish Economy 2013: New jobs data missing inconvenient facts
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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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