Annual Employment Survey

The main findings of the 2020 survey are:

  • Total permanent, full-time employment (PFT) in agency-assisted companies operating in the Industrial and Services sectors amounted to 439,382 in 2020, an increase of 2.4% (10,083 jobs) on 2019 employment levels, continuing the trend of growth in employment since 2011.
  • Gross PFT job gains for 2020 are 31,603, which is down on the 2019 figure of 40,552 and gross PFT job losses were -21,520 down from -20,241 in 2019. Part-time and temporary employment in agency-assisted firms decreased by 2,630 jobs in 2020 to reach 46,521. This brings total employment to 485,903 in 2020, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2019.
  • Total permanent, full-time employment among Irish-owned companies amounted to 192,187 in 2020, an increase of 633 jobs (0.3%) compared to 2019. This is the tenth year of positive employment growth for Irish-owned firms. Irish-owned companies account for 43.7% of total full-time employment in agency-assisted firms in 2020 compared with a 47.3% share in 2011. Permanent full-time employment in Irish-owned firms increased by 58,040 or 43.3% between 2011 and 2020, from 134,147 to 192,187 respectively. Part-time temporary jobs decreased by 2,197 in 2020 to reach 24,508.
  • Among foreign-owned companies, total permanent, full-time employment amounted to 247,195. In 2020, there was an increase of 9,450 jobs (4.0%) over the previous year and it was the tenth successive year of growth. Permanent full-time employment in foreign-owned firms stood at 149,697 in 2011 and increased by 65.1% or 97,498 jobs by 2020. Part-time, temporary employment in foreign-owned firms decreased by 433 jobs (-1.9%) since 2019.
  • The Border Midlands and West (BMW), Dublin, and the South and East (S&E) regions all saw increases in employment compared to 2019 levels, giving a tenth consecutive year of employment growth for those regions.
  • The South and East (S&E) region remains the largest region in terms of employment, accounting for 182,444 jobs, or 41.5% of total agency full-time employment, followed by the Dublin region with 171,206 full-time jobs (39.0%) and the Border, Midlands and West (BMW) region with 85,732 employed (19.5%). Over the 10-year period, 2020 is the year with the highest level of employment for all regions.