Employment statistics

Employment Permits issued and renewed in Ireland 2009 - 2019

SourceDepartment of Business, Enterprise and Innovation


Employment and Unemployment of Irish and Non-Irish Nationals

 

        Persons aged 15+ classified by nationality group and ILO economic status Quarter 1, 2020 and Quarter 1, 2019 ('000s)              

Nationality In employment Unemployed Not in labour force Total
Q1 2020

Irish nationals

1,959.5 91.0 1,332.8 3,383.2

Non-Irish nationals

of which: - United Kingdom 

                 - EU14_2020 excl Ireland**

                 - EU15 to EU27_2020

                 - Other

394.0

58.8
 
64.7

163.2
 
107.2

23.4

*
 
*

[10.0]
 
[8.1]

157.7

48.1
 
14.3

47.1
 
48.3

575.1

110.2
 
81.0
 
220.3
 
163.6
Total persons 

 

2,353.5 114.4 1,490.5 3,958.4
Q1 2019

Irish nationals

1,926.6 92.0 1,332.9 3,351.5

Non-Irish nationals

of which: - United Kingdom 

                - EU14_2020 excl Ireland**

                - EU 15 to EU27_2020

                 - Other 

375.3

61.1
 
 
59.4
 
164.0
 
90.7

22.3

*

*

8.7

[6.4]

147.3

40.5
 
 
13.4
 
44.0

49.5

 

544.9

106.2

75.4

216.7
146.6

 

Total persons 

 

2,301.9 114.4 1,480.2 3,896.5
Year on year changes 
Irish nationals 32.8
-1.0
-0.1
31.7
Non-Irish nationals

 

18.7 1.1 10.4 30.2
Total persons 

 

51.5 0.0 10.3 61.9

Source: Central Statistics Office, Labour Force Survey: Quarter 1 2020

Notes: Persons whose nationality was not stated are included with Irish nationals. Data may be subject to future revision.

** In light of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union with effect from 1 February 2020, the EU classification has been updated. EU14_2020 exclu. IRL before Quarter 1 2020 was formally classifed as EU15 exclu. IRL & UK. EU15-EU27_2020 before Quarter 1 2020 was formally classified as EU15 to EU28 States.

Estimates for number of persons where there are less than 30 persons in a cell are too small to be considered reliable. These estimates are presented with an asterisk (*) in the relevant tables. 

Where there are 30-49 persons in a cell, estimates are considered to have a wider margin of error and should be treated with caution. These cells are presented with parentheses [ ] .

The effects of COVID-19 on the labour market are not fully reflected in the results from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) in Quarter 1 (Q1) 2020. 

A new Labour Force Survey (LFS) replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) in Q3 2017 and, as a result, care should be taken when comparing data from before and after this period.

ILO Labour Force Classification: The primary classification used for the LFS results is the International Labour Office (ILO) labour force classification. Labour Force Survey data on this basis have been published since 1988. The ILO classification distinguishes the following main subgroups of the population aged 15 or over:

  • In Employment: Persons who worked in the week before the survey for one hour or more for payment or profit, including work on the family farm or business and all persons who had a job but were not at work because of illness, holidays etc. in the week.
  • Unemployed: Persons who, in the week before the survey, were without work and available for work within the next two weeks, and had taken specific steps, in the preceding four weeks, to find work. It should be noted that as per Eurostat’s operational implementation, the upper age limit for classifying a person as unemployed is 74 years.
  • Inactive Population (not in labour force): All other persons. The labour force comprises persons employed plus unemployed.