Posts in the "Jobs" category

Prospects for Private Sector Wages 2018/2019

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Tom McDonnell


The Republic of Ireland's labour market is tightening, albeit not yet overheating. As such, the prospects for real wage growth for workers continue to improve. In this presentation we assess the state of the Republic of Ireland's labour market and look ahead to the potential for real wage growth in 2019.

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Job insecurity is not a necessary trade-off to job flexibility

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Lisa Wilson

In the Autumn of 2016 Prime Minister Theresa May commissioned Matthew Taylor to undertake a review to consider how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models. One of the central aims of the review was to consider the extent that emerging business practices put pressure on the ‘trade-off between flexible labour and benefits such as higher pay or greater work availability, so that workers lose out on all aspects’.

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Intergenerational Inequality in Ireland

Posted on May 29, 2017 by Ciarán Nugent


A Eurobarometer poll of 16-30 year olds in 2016 found that 68% of Irish respondents felt excluded from economic and social life by the crisis compared to 57% in the EU as a whole and 27% in Germany. Although in some corners these concerns are likely to be dismissed as the whining of a spoilt, apathetic and lazy generation, addicted to PlayStation and terrible music, these concerns are borne out by the stats.


Unemployment and Inactivity

In Ireland, latest figures show the unemployment rate is 17% for under-25s and 7.1% for over-25s (Q2 2016). 31.9% of the unemployed between 15 and 24 are long-term unemployed (9 months or more).

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QEO - The Implications of a Hard BREXIT for Northern Ireland

Posted on December 06, 2016 by Paul Mac Flynn

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The Winter 2016 Quarterly Economic Observer was released this morning and it provides the NERI's analysis recent economic trends and the outlook for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We highlight the signs of decelerating growth in the Republic along with concerns about recent budgetary measures particularly in the housing sector. For Northern Ireland, the relative stability of the UK economy in the last few months removes any threat to the economy in the short term, but significant challenges remain. The depreciation of Sterling has provided some boost for the retail and hospitality sector in Northern Ireland in the form of increased exports and cross-border trade. However, there are more worrying trends in the labour market particularly with regard to increased male and youth unemployment. Overall the future path for the Northern Ireland economy will be very much decided by the exact shape and nature of the UK's exit from the European Union and this provides the topic for the focus section of this QEO.

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Internal Devaluation and the Irish Crisis

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

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The European Trade Union Institute have published a policy inBrief by Tom McDonnell discussing the Irish economic crisis and its aftermath. You can find it here.

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70,000 workers are on the Minimum Wage

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Micheál Collins

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A new NERI research paper estimates the number of workers on the minimum wage and further profiles these workers by gender, by the sector they work in and by their employment status (full-time, part-time, permanent, temporary etc). The data, which is for 2014 (the latest available), complements an earlier paper examining the situation in 2013.

The key findings from the paper are:

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2016 Living Wage: no change, yet lots of change

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Micheál Collins

The 2016 Living Wage for the Republic of Ireland has been calculated by the Living Wage Technical Group. It is €11.50 per hour. The rate is unchanged from 2015.

Over the past year there have been decreases in living costs for most items included in the living wage calculation. However, these decreases have been wiped out by increases in housing costs. The overall effect is an unchanged hourly Living Wage rate of €11.50.

The Republic of Ireland Living Wage was established in 2014 and is part of a growing international set of similar figures which reflect a belief across societies that individuals working full-time should be able to earn enough income to enjoy a decent standard of living.

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New Paper Models a Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on May 19, 2016 by Micheál Collins

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The establishment of a Low Pay Commission in the Republic of Ireland and the renewed focus on low pay and a ‘living wage’ both in Ireland and the UK has revived a growing interest in policies that focus on providing adequate minimum levels of pay for all employees.

A new NERI research paper from Niamh Holton and Micheál Collins models the impact of an increase in the minimum wage to a level equal to two-thirds of median hourly earnings by 2020, a value equivalent to Eurostat’s definition of the Low Pay threshold.

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The National Living Wage - What will it mean for Northern Ireland

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Paul Mac Flynn


The National Living Wage of £7.20 will come into force from tomorrow across the UK for those aged 25 and over. This new minimum wage rate will amount to an automatic increase of 50p per hour for the coming financial year and it is set to rise to £9 per hour by 2020. There has been much discussion of how workers and businesses will be affected by the NLW and this is particularly important for Northern Ireland as one of the lowest paid regions in the UK. In last December's Quarterly Economic Observer we outlined the impact of the NLW among employees and across industries. Overall 13% of workers in Northern Ireland would see an automatic increase in pay from this Friday. However the lower age limit of 25 will exclude some 50,000 workers who will remain on the current minimum wage of £6.70 per hour until November. It also does not take into account those who are currently paid above £7.20 per hour who may see a knock-on increase in their wages.

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Social Housing in Northern Ireland

Posted on March 03, 2016 by Paul Mac Flynn

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Social housing in Northern Ireland faces unique challenges over the coming years in terms of capacity, finance and delivery. Moreover there are questions over the structure of organisation who deliver social housing and how that could be amended to best suit future needs.
This InBrief looks to evaluate current social housing policy and whether Northern Ireland should look beyond the UK for best practice.

  • Northern Ireland is not at present providing an adequate supply of social housing.
  • Schemes for tenant purchase of social housing have depleted stock and should be suspended.
  • The reclassification of Housing Associations as public bodies disrupts the current financial model and calls into question the future role of the NIHE
  • There should be a broader role for Housing Associations beyond providing for low-income households.

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