In-work poverty in the Republic of Ireland

This inBrief shows that for all seven categories of worker set out in this analysis, deprivation rates are higher in 2017 than in the years leading up to the crisis, including for full-time, permanent staff.

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The Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) collects data on a selection of consumption-based indicators relating to the living standards of individuals as well as details related to the nature of their employment.

 

This research categorises employees by permanency of contract (permanent/temporary), by usual hours worked (full-time/part-time) and by the reasons for part-time employment. The analysis measures the in-work poverty of these groups between 2004 and 2017 using two consumption-based indicators: material derivation and ability to afford an unexpected expense.

 

This inBrief shows that for all seven categories of worker set out in this analysis, deprivation rates are higher in 2017 than in the years leading up to the crisis, including for full-time, permanent staff. The analysis also shows that for all but one of the seven categories, Irish employees in 2017 were less likely to be able to meet an unexpected expense (of approximately €1,000) than before the financial crisis.

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