Annual Employment Survey
The Annual Employment Survey provides an analysis of employment levels in Industrial (including Primary Production) and Services companies under the remit of IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta. This 2020 Annual Employment Survey report looks at employment trends over the 10-year period from 2011 to 2020.

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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.

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