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 2021 survey are:

  • Total permanent, full-time employment (PFT) in agency-assisted companies operating in the Industrial and Services sectors amounted to 451,945 in 2021, an increase of 6.8% (28,909 jobs) on 2021 employment levels, continuing the trend of growth in employment since 2012.
  • Gross PFT job gains for 2021 are 45,176, which is up on the 2020 figure of 37,917 and gross PFT job losses were -16,267 down from -26,414 in 2020. Part-time and temporary employment in agency-assisted firms increased by 292 jobs in 2021 to reach 39,693. This brings total employment to 491,638 in 2021, an increase of 6.3% compared to 2020.
  • Total permanent, full-time employment among Irish-owned companies amounted to 187,481 in 2021, an increase of 11,231 jobs (6.4%) compared to 2021. This is the tenth year of positive employment growth for Irish-owned firms. Irish-owned companies account for 41.5% of total fulltime employment in agency-assisted firms in 2021 compared with a 44.3% share in 2012. Permanent full-time employment in Irish-owned firms increased by 63,346 or 51.0% between 2012 and 2021, from 124,135 to 187,481 respectively. Part-time temporary jobs increased by 2,548 in 2021 to reach 18,992.
  • Among foreign-owned companies, total permanent, full-time employment amounted to 264,464. In 2021, there was an increase of 17,678 jobs (7.2%) over the previous year and it was the tenth successive year of growth. Permanent full-time employment in foreign-owned firms stood at 155,863 in 2012 and increased by 69.7% or 108,601 jobs by 2021. Part-time, temporary employment in foreign-owned firms decreased by 1,057 jobs (-4.9%) since 2020.
  • The Border Midlands and West (BMW), Dublin, and the South and East (S&E) regions all saw increases in employment compared to 2020 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 187,819 jobs, or 41.6% of total agency full-time employment, followed by the Dublin region with Annual Employment Survey 2021 6 175,830 full-time jobs (38.9%) and the Border, Midlands and West (BMW) region with 88,296 employed (19.5%). Over the 10-year period, 2021 is the year with the highest level of employment for all regions.

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