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
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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