Government of Ireland
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Autumn/Winter Skills Bulletin 2022

16 December 2022 

SLMRU published their latest skills bulletin this morning that looks at the profile of persons who are potentially available to meet Ireland’s labour market needs – see  link below:


In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Irish labour market has experienced a remarkable recovery,

with 2022 seeing a record number of people employed in Ireland1. We have moved from an economy that

experienced large scale unemployment as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to one which

exhibits labour market tightness and a shortage of available skills in certain sectors2. Despite numerous

challenges currently facing the economy, finding candidates to fill demand in certain roles remains a significant

challenge. This presents an opportune time to examine cohorts of the adult population, both within and outside

the traditional labour force, that may be available to respond to this high labour demand. The Bulletin examines

three cohorts that may fulfil this role, and describes their socio-demographic, educational and employment

characteristics. The three cohorts of interest are part-time workers who have indicated that they are seeking

additional hours of employment (classified as underemployed), unemployed persons and those who, although

outside the active labour market, are closely aligned to it by virtue of having self-reported as either seeking

work or being available for work (but not both). Combined these three cohorts are known as labour market

slack. Eurostat defines labour market slack as the total sum of all unmet need for employment3. When labour

market slack falls, the labour market becomes ‘tight’ and employers are required to increasingly compete for