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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.

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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 market policies (ALMPs) and in particular the role of the largest ALMP Community Employment (CE).

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Is a ‘living wage’ such a mad idea?

Posted on February 12, 2013 by Micheál Collins

Over recent years I have been involved in publishing a number of research papers and reports on issues related to low income in Ireland (see a list here). Among these, work with the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice focused on establishing the cost of a minimum essential standard of living in Ireland and subsequently estimating the income required to experience this. Outside Ireland, most particularly in the UK, research around minimum living standards has spawned further research into the concept of a living wage. Such a wage is taken to be an hourly wage rate sufficient to ensure that an employee earns enough to have a decent standard of living.

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Will the IT sector reduce unemployment?

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Rory O'Farrell

Employment shows sectoral shift - Employment shows sectoral shift
Employment shows sectoral shift

In November, the CSO re-estimated historical estimates of employment. This has caused to seasonally adjusted peak to now be place in Q1 2008 rather than in 2007.

 

Fundamentally the picture remains the same. There has been a sectoral shift in employment with construction hit particularly badly. There has been an increase in employment (of about 6,300 people) in the Information and Communication sector, but the amount is too small to make a big dent in unemployment.

 

For more information see the latest edition of the NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts document. Indicator 1.2a shows the sectoral change in employment.

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One fifth of Workers are ‘low-paid’

Posted on January 02, 2013 by Micheál Collins

Eurostat, the EU Statistics Agency, recently released new data on the proportion of low-paid workers in Ireland and across the EU. Their analysis defines low-earnings in relative terms measured as those earning two thirds or less of the national median gross hourly earnings. Median earnings are the earnings of the middle worker in the distribution of workers from the lowest earner to the highest earner. The data is from the 2010 Structure of Earnings Survey, a survey that occurs every four years across the EU. Its key findings for Ireland are:

  • The low-wage threshold in 2010 was €12.20 per hour
  • 20.7% of Irish workers are considered low paid
  • Low pay is more common among women, those with low education levels and workers with fixed duration contracts.

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The growth in part-time work

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Micheál Collins

In the current edition of Mandate's regular publication, Shopfloor, I have an article highlighting the growth in part-time work over recent years. In it I highlight some of the material from the recent NERI conference on the unemployment crisis. The key points are:


While the headline figures on job losses tend to receive a lot of attention (over 300,000 jobs have been lost since 2007), the growth in the number of workers who are working but on reduced hours has been significant.

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Conference highlights Ireland’s Unemployment Crisis

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Micheál Collins

On November 12th the NERI hosted a conference focused on Ireland's unemployment crisis. Over a series of papers the nature of the current crisis and the possible solutions to the problem were examined. The papers and presentations for the conference are now available on the NERI website.


In my own paper, the following were the key points:


Overall Summary

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Working Poor are the largest group experiencing poverty

Posted on October 09, 2012 by Micheál Collins

Working poor chart


One in every seven of the Irish population (15.8%) lives on an income which is less than the official poverty line. Given a population of approximately 4.58 million people this implies that almost 725,000 live at risk of poverty.

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The Government has a choice

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI - Tom Healy, Director NERI
Tom Healy, Director NERI

Our research shows that Government has options this December. Instead of €3.5 billion in fiscal adjustment, we argue for €2.7 billion of which €2.3 billion are revenue measures aimed at high-income households. Aside from savings under the Croke Park agreement we do not see any value on grounds of fairness, macro-economic impact and budgetary savings in cutting yet further into education, health and social protection. Any savings from particular headings or sub-headings should be conserved and used to maintain and improve front-line services. We urgently need an investment stimulus starting with €500 million ‘off the books’ next year and a cancellation of a further cut in the public capital programme earmarked by Government for 2013. Our proposals which we refer to as Plan B would: - Leave the government deficit at the same level as planned and targeted by government - Employment 21,000 higher than under Plan A - Growth higher by 1.3% next year compared to baseline Department of Finance projections.Budget 2013 should be the first step in an alternative economic approach to change Ireland for the better.

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