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1 in 4 Northern Ireland workers do not earn enough for a decent standard of living

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Paul Mac Flynn

The Nevin Economic Research Institutel published its latest Quarterly Economic Observer today Tuesday 25th March. In it, we examine the extent of low pay across Northern Ireland:

  • 25% of workers earn less than the 'Living Wage' (169,000).
  • 17% are officially classified as low paid (115,000) and 9% (61,000) earn only the National Minimum Wage or less.
  • Young people, women and those in part-time work are most at risk
  • Upper Bann, North Antrim, East L'Derry and Newry & Armagh are hotspots for low pay.
  • Low Pay is widespread in sectors such as Accommodation, Food, Retail, Residential and Social Care.

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A Living Wage: the impacts for employees, employers and the state

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Micheál Collins

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Cover image for NERI WP Impacts Chall Liv Wage 2014b

A discussion on this issue of a living wage has recently commenced in Ireland. The implementation of a living wage raises issues regarding its impact on different actors in society (employees, employers, civil society and the state). Similarly, successful implementation faces a number of challenges.

A new NERI research paper, authored by Micheál Collins, considers some of these impacts and challenges, based on the experiences of living wage programmes elsewhere. In doing so, it points towards issues that need to be considered and addressed as any living wage initiative in Ireland commences.

The paper is available here and complements another NERI working paper on the living wage issued in early March 2014.

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NERI Seminar: The Irish Labour Market Since the Recession

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Daragh McCarthy

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Rory O'Farrell, NERI

The March NERI seminar took place this afternoon in the INTO Learning Centre. Rory O'Farrell discussed recent trends in the Irish labour market, focusing on the hollowing out of middle paying jobs. Rory is a researcher at the NERI specialising in the labour market and macroeconomics. He previously worked as a researcher in at the European Trade Union Institute, Brussels.

Abstract

Over the past twenty years, globally there has been a ‘polarisation’ of the labour market with middle paying jobs being hollowed out. However, during the construction boom the opposite pattern was seen in Ireland. This raised the question; did the construction boom mask underlying trends in the Irish labour market?

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Recent labour market changes consistent with polarisation

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Rory O'Farrell

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Data from the recent Earnings Hours and Employment Costs Survey show that recent trends in employee numbers (employee numbers exclude the self-employed) are consistent with a pattern of polarisation.

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A Living Wage for Ireland: Some Considerations and Initial Estimates

Posted on March 05, 2014 by Micheál Collins

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Cover image for NERI WP A Liv Wage for Irl 2014 no12

Over the past decade the concept of a living wage has gained added attention across the developed world. In principle, a living wage is intended to establish an hourly wage rate that should provide employees with sufficient income to achieve an agreed acceptable minimum standard of living. In that sense it is an income floor; representing a figure that allows employees afford the essentials of life.

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Employment of young women down 17,100

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Rory O'Farrell

The latest data from the CSO shows employment up roughly 60,000 since the same period of last year, getting close to levels last seen at the end of 2009 (and first seen back in 2005).

Interestingly, of the increase in employment of 61,000, over three quarters almost (47,100) of the increase was for men aged over 35. Employment for men aged under 35 was relatively stable (showing a slight increase of over 3,000).

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Youth Unemployment: A problem that is not going away

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Paul Mac Flynn

Youth Unemployment is an issue that is affecting nearly every developed country across the western world. While some labour market and output indicators may show some signs of recovery, youth unemployment is a reminder that the greatest recession to hit the developed world since the great depression has left some wounds that won't heal. While many countries experienced high levels of youth unemployment before the recession owing to structural problems, the current rates reflect a bad situation made worse.

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Under-employment remains a major issue

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Rory O'Farrell

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under-employment

Under-employment  continues to be a major long-term issue for Irish workers. The broadest measure of unemployment (whereby people are either unemployed, or working part-time but wishing to work full-time, or discouraged workers) remains at 23.5%, down from a peak of 25.8% in mid-2012. In the third quarter of 2013; 139,300 workers were under-employed.

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NERI Seminar Dublin: Enterprise Policy and Ireland’s Economic Recovery

Posted on January 22, 2014

The latest NERI seminar took place this afternoon in the INTO Learning Centre. Seán Ó Riain discussed the place of enterprise policy in Ireland's economic recovery. Seán is a professor of sociology at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis . Prof. Riain's current research is on the political economy of the Celtic Tiger, high tech regions, change in state and governance institutions, and the politics of high technology workplaces. An abstract of the paper presented at the seminar and a link to the final document can be found below.

Abstract

The paper begins with a brief review of recent employment growth, locating it within the pattern of the significant changes in Ireland's enterprise and export sectors since the 1990s and identifying some persistent challenges for economic development.

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Over 28 unemployed people for each vacancy in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Rory O'Farrell

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There are 28.5 unemployed people for each vacancy in Ireland.

In the second half of  2013 there were 28.5 people available for work for each vacancy. Though there are some shortages for specific skills (Forfás has recently released a report external linkon the issue), the main cause of unemployment is not a lack of people willing to work, but simply a lack of jobs.

In contrast, in Germany there are only 2.4 unemployed persons per vacancy, showing that in Germany unemployment is mainly due to people being genuinely 'between jobs', which is normal in a health economy.

More information on vacancies can be seen in indicator 2.6 of the latest NERI Quaterly Economic Facts.

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