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National Skills Bulletin 2022

21 October 2022 


The report summarises the SLMRU’s data on skills demand & supply in Ireland & presents an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level.  It also identifies where skills shortages & difficult-to-fill vacancies are prominent. 

According to the report, there were 2.39 million people employed in Ireland between Quarter 4 2020 & Quarter 4 2021.  The COVID-19 pandemic continued to negatively impact some sectors of the Irish economy in 2021, particularly in the earlier months of the year. The second half of the year was characterised by significant rehiring and growth in employment.

ICT occupations had both the highest annual average growth over the five-year period compared to all other occupational groups and the highest absolute growth since 2020. However,  If employment continues to grow at a steady rate, significant shortages for those with the specific skills in demand is expected to intensify.  

The report also emphasises that future demand in other occupational areas such as Science & Engineering, Healthcare and Business & Finance is anticipated to be strong, with shortages likely to continue.  

Read the full report here