Monitoring Irelands Skills Supply 2019

1 August 2019 

Monitoring Ireland’s Skills Supply 2019 - A report compiled by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS on behalf of the National Skills Council 


Skills Overview - Key points

• Compared to other EU countries, Ireland has a high share of 3rd level graduates in both science and computing – for computing, Ireland had one of the highest shares, second only to Finland.

• At 91%, the labour force participation rate for people with engineering, manufacturing & construction qualifications is amongst the highest across all fields of learning (only agriculture and vet qualification holders have a higher rate). • Almost a fifth of 3rd level social science, business and law qualification holders in employment work in administrative occupations - occupations for which it could be argued a 3rd level qualification is not required.

• Although the total number of Irish-domiciled graduates from UK higher education institutions has declined in recent years, the decline for those studying health related subjects is less sharp than other fields.

• The share of third level services graduate in employment who work in high skilled occupations is the smallest for services compared to all other fields of learning; this is in part due to the fact that many services graduates train to work as chefs, which are classified as skilled trades rather than professionals or associate professionals

• More than three quarters of adults who hold qualifications in the education field of learning are female (compared to a 53% share across all fields of learning).

• Although the numbers involved are small, the labour force participation rate for adults with agriculture/vet qualifications is the highest across all fields of learning (92% compared to the national average of 86%).