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Recent changes in public sector employment in OECD countries

Posted on September 02, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Public sector employment - NERI blog on public sector employment in the Republic of Ireland
NERI blog on public sector employment in the Republic of Ireland

The scale of public sector employment varies considerably across developed economies; however, the vast majority of EU member states are in a process of reducing the size of central government employment—between 2008 and 2013, Sweden was the only EU country that increased the number of general government employees.

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How precarious is new work?

Posted on August 24, 2015 by Tom Healy

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Tom Healy, Director NERI

Suppose you plan to take out a bank loan or mortgage … the first question you will be asked relates to your salary slip or income statement. But, what if you don’t know for sure what your income is next week let alone next year? Many self-employed workers find themselves in this situation. And, a growing number of employees are also living in situations of uncertainty and precariousness not knowing from week to week or month to month how many hours of work they will have. A new term has been invented – the ‘precariat’. It was always case that new workers such as young entrants to the labour force as well as migrant workers or long-term part-time workers (most of whom are female workers) faced less certainty about their work or conditions than other workers.  However, data provided by the OECD suggests that (a) there has been a long-term trend towards what they term ‘non-standard work’ and (b) the recent economic recession has accelerated this trend in many countries of which Ireland is an example.

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Underemployment in Northern Ireland

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Paul Mac Flynn

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Cover image for Quarterly Economic Observer, Summer2015

In June of this year the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency released a paper on the subject of underemploymentent in Northern Ireland. Underemploymnet has become a key policy issue of late due to improving conditions in the labour market. As the paper sets out, underemployment is defined as


"A person who is in employment, working less than 48 hours per week, would like to work more hours and is available to start in the next fortnight."

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Social and economic investment holds the key

Posted on August 06, 2015 by Tom Healy

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Tom Healy, Director NERI

Spending on productive capacity includes not just ‘bricks and mortar’ but all those resources that give rise to socially useful results over time. Spend today and reap a return in the future: this is the logic of investment. It can cover investment in education and skills as well as investment in knowledge and, of course, machinery, building, lands and equipment.  Not all forms of investment are equally productive and distortions can arise in favour of speculative, wasteful or socially destructive investment. In many cases the gains from investment are not fully captured by the private investor making the investment, this is common with investments in knowledge production for example, and significant under-investment can arise where private returns are perceived as too low or too risky. Lack of access to funds may also hamper investment if the cost of borrowing is too high or the terms and conditions too onerous.

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The impact of precarious work on wages, productivity and economic growth

Posted on August 06, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Temp Wanted - The economic impact of precarious work blog
The economic impact of precarious work blog

Temporary, short-term forms of employment in the early stages of an economic recovery are a well-established feature of the labour market; however, recent research by the OECD  has raised the concern that this practice has become a more deeply ingrained, lasting characteristic in the world of work. The issue of precarious jobs and the impact this form of employment has on households and the wider economy is gathering an increasing amount of attention from policymakers, academics, civil society groups and media across Europe*.

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Monday Blog—Review of 2014

Posted on July 27, 2015 by Tom Healy

This week's blog looks back at articles from 2014:

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Working, yet living below the poverty line: ‘The Working Poor’

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Micheál Collins

One in every seven of the Irish population (15.2%) lives on an income which is less than the official poverty line – about €202 per adult per week. Given a population of approximately 4.61 million people this implies that just over 700,000 people 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 Ireland. The latest data, for 2013, is reproduced in the chart below.

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Whose on the Minimum Wage?

Posted on July 02, 2015 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 also allows an examination of the household/family circumstances of workers on the Minimum Wage.

The key findings from the paper are:

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From correction to prevention

Posted on May 22, 2015 by Tom Healy

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Tom Healy, Director NERI

Employment has increased significantly, in the Republic of Ireland, since 2012. This is very welcome. While the details and scale of the increase has been open to statistical interpretation  it is clear that a recovery in output in most sectors of the economy has spilled over into job creation (See Chart 1 below). Unemployment, as estimated on the basis of the ‘standardised unemployment rate’ is now just under 10% of the workforce – a significant psychological threshold last breached in mid-1997 during the last Irish bust/boom of the 1980’s/early 1990s.

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Employment, wages and economic recovery in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

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Employment, Wages and Economic Recovery in the Republic of Ireland

The headline figure in the Quarterly National Household Survey is a 2.2 per cent increase in employment in the year to the first quarter of 2015. Other notable figures include: 

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