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News : Irish Economy Last Updated: Mar 4, 2014 - 7:52 AM


Irish Economy 2014: Quarter of additional jobs in 2013 went to foreign nationals
By Michael Hennigan, Finfacts founder and editor
Mar 1, 2014 - 9:50 AM

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Irish Economy 2014: Data released by the CSO last Thursday show that almost a quarter of additional jobs in the economy in 2013 went to foreign nationals while the ratio in overall employment was at 15%.

The sectors with the biggest share of foreign workers are: Accommodation and food service activities at 34%; Administrative and support service activities at 24%; Information and communication technology (ICT)  at 20%; Industry at 18% and Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles at 17%.

In 2013, non-nationals accounted for 47% of the additional 17,400 jobs in Accommodation and food service activities.

While the CSO data shows that there was a small drop in employment in the ICT sector in 2013, it's believed more than half the Irish payrolls of big foreign-owned forms such as Google and Apple are foreign hires as administration and support for a wide number of European countries require a wide range of language skills.

The CSO said [pdf] that the number of persons employed increased by 3.3% (+61,000) over the year to Q4 2013. This compares with an annual increase in employment of 3.2% in the previous quarter and an increase of 0.1% in the year to Q4 2012.

The largest rates of increase were recorded in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing (+29.8% or 26,800), the Accommodation and food service activities (+14.7% or 17,400) and the Professional, scientific and technical activities(+12.7% or 13,000) sectors. ICT fell by 600.

However, the CSO suggested that its occupational breakdown may not be reliable.

The number of self-employed persons increased by 33,400 or +11.5% to 324,500 - - which maybe related to the assumed jump in farm workers resulting from a change in status of former construction workers.

The CSO's annual migration statistics will not be available until August while in Germany last January, there was good news for an economy with an ageing population, in particular in the former communist East.

Destatis, the federal statistics office, reported an estimate for 2013 showed that this year the number of inhabitants rose from 80.5m to just under 80.8 million people. As in the two previous years, arrivals from abroad prevented the birth deficit - - the difference between births and deaths - - from leading to a population decline.

According to the estimate, the migration surplus was higher than in 2011 and 2012. For the first time since 1993, the number of arrivals was by more than 400,000 higher than the number of departures.

As regards the countries of origin, data are available for the first half of 2013. The majority of foreign immigrants came from eastern Europe (Poland, Romania, Bulgaria). As was the case in the first half of 2012, however, the increase in immigration was largest from EU countries that are particularly affected by the financial and debt crisis (Italy, Spain, Portugal).

Irish Migration 2009-2013

CSO data shows that net migration in the period May 2009 - April 2013 was an outward flow of 132,400 and Irish nationals accounted for 95,000 of that total.  

The number of Irish residents who were born outside Ireland continues to increase and stood at 766,770 in 2011 a rise of 25% on 2006, and accounting for 17% of the population. The groups which showed the largest increase were those already well established in Ireland. The fastest growing groups were Romanians (up 110%), Indians (up 91%), Polish (up 83%), Latvians (up 43%) and Lithuanians (up 40%).

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