Blog Archive | 2013

Public sector clerical workers paid below the OECD average

Posted on May 13, 2013 by Rory O'Farrell

OECD comparison of clerical worker pay
Comparing wages of public sector workers across countries poses many difficulties. Nevertheless the OECD publishes some useful information. In 2009 public sector clerical workers were paid below the OECD average. This is the latest available data (more timely data should be available in June). The OECD make adjustments for differences in working time and for the cost of living. Since 2009, due to …

Posted in: Government SpendingIncomeLabour costs

Households and Governments: how they differ

Posted on May 13, 2013 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The gap between what the Government in Ireland takes in and what it spends is running at a rate of €1 billion every month. Clearly this is not sustainable in the long-run because it adds to the total amount of debt owed by citizens year after year. The total amount of debt owed by the Government on behalf of taxpayers is now well more than the size of the entire amount of goods and services …

Posted in: Macroeconomics

Working and living below the poverty line: ‘The Working Poor’

Posted on May 08, 2013 by Micheál Collins

16% of the Irish population lives on an income which is less than the official poverty line - about €210 per adult per week. Given a population of approximately 4.58 million people this implies that almost 730,000 live at risk of poverty. In the latest edition of the NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts document, indicator 5.3 examines the composition of those living below the poverty line in …

Posted in: IncomeInequalityJobs

Labour Market Conference 2013

Posted on May 02, 2013 by Micheál Collins

On May 1st, the NERI hosted its inaugural Labour Market Confernece. Across the day, 15 papers were presented by researchers across the island on various labour market issues and policy topics. We have made most of the slides from the conference available on the NERI website here.

Posted in: Jobs

Reforming Community Employment

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Micheál Collins

Five years into Ireland's unemployment crisis the nature of our policy response has been slow. In general attention has been focused on employment creation, a worthy and necessary goal, but with limited attention on the nature of the unemployment crisis and the likely long-term impediments to resolving it. Issued this week is a new NERI Research inBrief which focuses on the role of active labour …

Posted in: Jobs

Where do we go from here?

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Public debate about matters of public concern in Ireland has been characterised in a number of ways. I suggest that the following traits may be stronger than elsewhere in the world and could reflect deep and enduring historical factors: There is a disproportionate emphasis on 'survival' with the consequence of a great focus on the short-term over the long-term; Intellectual discourse about …

Posted in: InequalityMacroeconomicsTaxation

How much income do you need in retirement?

Posted on April 23, 2013 by Micheál Collins

Pensions and pension's policy are back on the agenda following the recent release of the OECD report on the Irish pensions system. Details and the document are here: At the core of much discussion on pension issues is the question of what is an adequate income in retirement. In general the answer to this question tends to be inflated, …

Posted in: IncomeInequality

Northern Ireland still lags behind UK on Earnings

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Paul Mac Flynn

QEF April
The Distribution of earnings has remained remarkably static in Northern Ireland over the past two years. The number of people earning under £20,000 was 57%, the same figure recorded in the previous year. The most significant decreases have been among those earning over £150,000 and those earning over £200,000. Both these groups have halved in the last year. While the decrease in the number of …

Ireland has the sixth lowest labour costs in Western Europe

Posted on April 17, 2013 by Rory O'Farrell

In the European Union Irish hourly labour costs (the average cost to an employer of hiring a person for an hour) are below those of Germany, Austria, Finland, Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. This is accoring to the latest data from Eurostat, the European statistics agency. This is without making an allowance for the fact that living costs in Ireland are high. In a …

Youth Unemployment remains a significant problem for Northern Ireland Economy

Posted on April 10, 2013 by Paul Mac Flynn

Stormont-Etrusia UK
The Nevin Economic Research Institute has published our latest Quarterly Economic Observer (Wednesday 10th April). In it we examine the problems of Youth Unemployment in Northern Ireland. In particular: •Youth Unemployment rates of 23.8% or 24,000; •34,000 18-24 year olds are not in education training or employment; •The number of young people claiming Job Seekers Allowance for more than 12 …

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