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Low Pay and the Living Wage

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Micheál Collins

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At a meeting earlier this week, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation focused on the topic of Low Pay and the Living Wage.

In a contribution to the committee, I first outlined some context for their examination of these issues, before going into more detail on the concept of a Living Wage.

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Where now for employment growth in Northern Ireland

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Paul Mac Flynn

The construction sector in Northern Ireland saw the largest fall in employment across the economy. Even now, over six years since the property crash there are still 30% fewer jobs in the sector than there were in 2008. Many of the jobs in the construction sector would have been mid-level skilled positions that commanded decent wages and formed the backbone of employment in many communities.


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Annual Labour Market Conference: Call for Papers

Posted on February 10, 2015

NERI Labour Market Conference

The NERI—in conjunction with Centre for Irish Business & Economic Performance, Queen’s University Management School— will host the third annual NERI Labour Market Conference on 1 May 2015. The event will be held in Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast. The conference will run from 10.00am-4pm and will include approximately 15 research papers dealing with a range of key features of labour market policy and practice.

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Unemployment across the EU 28

Posted on February 09, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Enterprise Walk - NERI blog: Changes in employment levels by sector before, during and after the recession
NERI blog: Changes in employment levels by sector before, during and after the recession

For many countries in Europe significant, unexploited sources of economic growth remain and unemployment rates across the EU 28 are well above the level recorded before the recession started in 2008—though they have dropped slightly from a peak in early 2013.

With an average unemployment rate of 17.1 per cent, the sub-set of countries at the centre of much political and media attention at various points over the past five years—Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Cyprus—have some of the highest unemployment rates across EU Member States. 

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Work, Welfare, Taxes and Unemployment Traps

Posted on February 03, 2015 by Micheál Collins

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As the economic recovery takes root, there are welcome improvements in the levels of employment and continued decreases in unemployment. Looking across 2015, the latest NERI projections (December 2014) suggest employment growth of 2.1% this year with unemployment falling to 10.4%.

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NERI Seminar: Outsourcing in the Public Sector

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

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Cover image for Outsourcing in the public sector NERI WP 22

Outsourcing in the public sector was the topic of the first NERI seminar of the new year. Public sector outsourcing is the process of contracting out a service or a function to another body, such as street cleaning or internal IT services. While outsourcing is frequently understood to mean contracting out to the private sector, services and functions can also be outsourced from one public body to another public body or to a non-profit making organisation.

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

Posted on January 13, 2015 by Micheál Collins

2015 looks set to be a year when those at the bottom of the earnings distribution receive increased attention. Government will shortly establish a low pay commission which will (among other things) review the minimum wage. Later this month the CSO will provide new data on incomes and earnings (SILC) and during the summer the Living Wage technical group will update its estimate of the hourly earnings required to provide a basic, yet decent, standard of living for a full-time worker. No doubt those described as the ‘working poor’ will be frequently mentioned.

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NERI Seminar: Spatial Justice and Lessons from the Crisis

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Daragh McCarthy

Stand Logo - Nevin Economic Research Institute
Nevin Economic Research Institute

The latest NERI seminar, Some Lessons from the Crisis: Spatial Justice, Uneven Development and Future Choices, was held yesterday in the INTO Learning Centre. Gerry Kearns (professor of geography, Maynooth University) and David Meredith (senior research officer, Teagasc) outlined a concern that, as a society, we are lying the foundations for a return to a pro-cyclical economic merry-go-round resulting in further concentration of capital, social injustices and uneven spatial development. They highlighted the danger that despite the hardship and sacrifices that we ‘wasted a serious crisis’ (Rahm Emanuel).

In developing these ideas, the talk provided an overview of spatial changes in the composition of the labour force and youth migration patterns. This draws attention to the presence of long run trends towards economic agglomeration within some regions, weakening of others and the ultimate futility of repeating historical initiatives in the hope that this time the outcome will somehow be different.

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Under employment in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Daragh McCarthy

Fact of the Week: Under employment - NERI Fact of the Week: under employment in the Republic of Ireland
NERI Fact of the Week: under employment in the Republic of Ireland

People classified as part-time underemployed are those who wish to work full-time, but cannot find a full-time job. Underemployment statistics touch on both the quality and quantity of work available to a sizable cohort in the labour market. In a sense, underemployment refers to a situation where an individual decides having some job—be it low skilled, poorly paid or with few guaranteed hours—is better than having no job. They take up employment, but remain actively seeking new job opportunities. Currently, there are 129,700 people classified as underemployed by the CSO.

Number of people underemployment and unemployment in Ireland ('000s), 2008—2014

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Budget 2015 and Public Investment in Social Housing

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Daragh McCarthy


There are over 90,000 people on the waiting list for social housing.  This level of demand for a basic need required a substantial investment in housing, and, in this regard, Budget 2015 was a significant first step. The headline investment of €2.2 billion over the coming three years to provide 10,000 social housing units will make a difference.

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