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CSO release shows that one quarter of non-Irish nationals allocated PPSNs in 2006 had employment activity in 2011

Date Published: 04-03-2013

Of 204,000 non-Irish nationals aged 15 and over who were assigned personal public service numbers (PPSNs) in 2006, only 27% had employment activity at any time during 2011 [1].

The figures show:

  • Overall, PPSN allocations to non-Irish nationals have decreased to 67,500 in 2011, which represents 30% of the total issued in 2006 (226,800).
  • The largest decrease in new PPSN allocations was found in the EU15 to EU25 states*, which fell to 17,400 in 2011, down from 65,700 three years earlier.
  • During 2011, 37% of non-Irish nationals with new PPSNs had employment activity.
  • Of the 310,400 non-Irish nationals allocated PPSNs between 2002 and 2011, the majority were employed in five broad economic activities:

        - Accommodation and food service activities (19%)

        - Wholesale and retail trade (17%)

        - Administrative and support service activities (13%)

        - Manufacturing (11%)

        - Human health and social work activities (9%).

  • Of the 67,500 non-Irish nationals allocated a PPSN in 2011 the top 5 nationalities were:

        - UK (20%)

       -  Poland (12%)

        - Brazil (7%)

        - Romania (6%)

        - Lithuania (5%).

  • During 2011 28% of PPSNs allocated in 2006 recorded social welfare activity, while the comparable figure for new allocations in 2011 was 9%.
  • Referring to 2006 allocations the nationality group with the largest percentage showing social welfare activity in 2011 was the EU15 to EU25 states (32%).
  • Looking at new allocations in 2011 the group with the largest percentage showing a social welfare claim in 2011 was the UK (13%).
  • The data indicate that the decline in employment activity for non-Irish nationals between 2006 and 2011 has not resulted in a corresponding increase in social welfare activity.
 

For more information:

See CSO publication release

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[1] Analysis of records of the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Social Protection, and the CSO

* EU Member States that acceded in 2004.

 

 

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