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Annual Employment Survey

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.

Annual Business Survey of Economic Impact

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has commissioned Insight Statistical Consulting to undertake the Annual Business Survey of Economic Impact (ABSEI) of the client companies of the enterprise development agencies (Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta). The contract will run for the next two years covering agency-assisted firms’ performance in 2021 and 2022.

The aim of the survey is to provide vital economic information on Irish and Foreign enterprises in terms of their output and their expenditure in the Irish economy, i.e. sales & exports, payroll, material & services expenditure (including proportion from Ireland), corporation tax, research & development and training.

The economic contribution of these agency-assisted firms are presented in an aggregated time series and tracked over time. A link to the most recent publication is here. The data on individual companies are also used by the agencies in their day-to-day working relationship with their clients.

Eurostudent Survey VII

This report, which presents the findings of the sixth Eurostudent survey of over 20,000 higher education students in Ireland, provides a wealth of internationally comparable demographic, economic and social data.  This data provides insights into the quality of life of the increasingly diverse student population in Irish higher education.

Eurostudent is a network of researchers and data collectors, representative of national ministries and other stakeholders who have joined forces to examine the social and economic conditions of student life in higher education systems in Europe.

The main aim of the Eurostudent project is to collate comparable data from 30 countries on the social dimension of European higher education. Eurostudent is a network of researchers and data collectors, representative of national ministries and other stakeholders who have joined forces to examine the social and economic conditions of student life in higher education systems in Europe

The Irish study is overseen by the HEA on behalf of the Department and was undertaken by Insight Statistical Consulting. This publication will include information collated from higher education institutes on the social dimension of higher education in Ireland as provided by a survey completed by students.

It focuses on the socio-economic background and on the living conditions of students.  It also investigates other interesting aspects of student life such as international mobility and employment during term-time.

This report provides results from over 20,000 students attending higher education institutions in Ireland and provides insightful information relating to the demographic profile of students, course characteristic, entry routes, accommodation, employment and other relevant issues on student life. The information collated helps us to comprehend more succinctly the quality of life of the increasingly diverse student population in Irish higher education and how this influences their learning experience.

The findings cover areas such as demographics, course characteristics, disability, college entry route, income and expenditure, accommodation, employment and student.

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Eurostudent – Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life

The Eurostudent Survey is a European-wide survey about the social, economic and living conditions of higher education students in EU states, covering dem4ographics, disability, accommodation, travel, income, expenditure, workload, study abroad, well-being and study patterns.

This report, which presents the findings of the sixth Eurostudent survey of over 20,000 higher education students in Ireland, provides a wealth of internationally comparable demographic, economic and social data.  This data provides insights into the quality of life of the increasingly diverse student population in Irish higher education.

Eurostudent is a network of researchers and data collectors, representative of national ministries and other stakeholders who have joined forces to examine the social and economic conditions of student life in higher education systems in Europe.

The main aim of the Eurostudent project is to collate comparable data from 26 countries on the social dimension of European higher education. Eurostudent is a network of researchers and data collectors, representative of national ministries and other stakeholders who have joined forces to examine the social and economic conditions of student life in higher education systems in Europe

The Irish study is overseen by the HEA on behalf of the Department and was undertaken by Insight Statistical Consulting. This publication will include information collated from higher education institutes on the social dimension of higher education in Ireland as provided by a survey completed by students.

It focuses on the socio-economic background and on the living conditions of students.  It also investigates other interesting aspects of student life such as international mobility and employment during term-time.

This report provides results from over 20,000 students attending higher education institutions in Ireland and provides insightful information relating to the demographic profile of students, course characteristic, entry routes, accommodation, employment and other relevant issues on student life. The information collated helps us to comprehend more succinctly the quality of life of the increasingly diverse student population in Irish higher education and how this influences their learning experience.

The findings cover areas such as demographics, course characteristics, disability, college entry route, income and expenditure, accommodation, employment and student.

Knowledge Transfer Highlights

Knowledge Transfer Highlights 2019 (1)

Submission to the AKTS is from Ireland’s Higher Education Institutes (eight universities, one Technological University, eleven Institutes of Technology and two Colleges). Teagasc and the Marine Institute also contribute.

Insight Statistical Consulting were commissioned to capture the data, validate and produce the outputs from which the published report is generated.

Executive Summary

Data this year suggest a steady state has been achieved in national performance in knowledge transfer. This is across new commercial opportunities disclosed, licensing activity and spin-out company formation. There are a couple of areas that have seen an increase in volume: the number of ongoing research collaboration projects between industry and RPOs and the number of new patent applications filed. These may be due to the increasing State support for collaboration, through programmes from Enterprise Ireland and SFI, including the EI Technology Centres and SFI Centres for which company involvement is integral.

Indeed, it appears that 14% of the annual research expenditure within RPOs in 2019 was dependant on research collaboration with industry (where funding is derived from companies and the State). The increase in patent activity may, in part, be due to an increased strategic patent budget for some HEIs under the Enterprise Ireland Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative (TTSI3 programme) which commenced in 2017. Research projects between companies and RPOs are significant pillars of RD&I activity. Over 1,200 new agreements were signed for R&D projects (Research Collaborations and Innovation Voucher projects). When access to expertise through consultancy agreements is included the total figure for new contracts entered into between companies and RPOs increases to over 2,000.

The new R&D engagements were with over 900 individual companies, with some companies engaging with more than one RPO and on more than one R&D contract. 84% of these engagements were with Irish companies and 73% were with Irish SMEs. There were 2,642 ongoing research collaboration projects (fully or part-funded by the company collaborator) live at 31 December 2019 which represents an increase of 19% on 2018. Companies access new intellectual property through licensing and assignment and may also be granted a time limited option to decide whether to take a licence. In 2019, there were 210 licence, option and assignment agreements (LOA) signed with companies which is in line with five-year averages. Of these, 77% were with Irish companies, which is consistent with 2018, and 50% of all LOAs were signed with Irish SMEs.

The majority of LOAs were to patented IP and software, at 34% and 17% respectively. 2019 saw 26 new product and service launches on the market by companies as a result of a licence from an RPO. Spin-out companies provide a significant route to innovate, developing cutting edge technology and intellectual property and creating new high-value jobs. The 26 new spin-outs formed in 2019 is in line with five-year trends. Considering those “Active Spin-out” companies from RPOs that are three years or more post-formation and that employ staff and have investment and/or turnover, there were 123 at the end of 2019.

Together they are estimated to employ (a conservative) 1,000 people. The majority of Active Spin-outs (79%) have been in existence for over 5 years, with one of these older than 10 years. One university spin-out was acquired in 2019.

National Bonds – A Statistical Analysis of Prize Bonds Candidate Numbers

This report provides an independent statistical analysis of the monthly candidate datasets generated by the draw procedure for the National Bonds Corporation PJSC.  The objective of this analysis is to detect and report, where possible, any non-random patterns in the datasets from which the winning bond numbers are drawn.

The Bond ID is a seven-digit number which signifies the owner of a bond or consecutive range of bonds.  It is drawn from the Candidate file and examined statistically.  In doing this, the relative weighting of each Bond ID from the Historic Record file is referenced.  This accounts for the difference in probability of each digit due to a differing number of bonds with different weights being associated with each Bond ID (related the length of time bonds are owned).

Throughout the report, all statistical tests are carried out at a significance level of α=5%.  In carrying out a large number of statistical tests, it is possible for a certain number of significant results to occur purely by chance (i.e. 5%).  A commentary of the results from all statistical tests is provided within the text.

Eirgrid – Impact on Property Prices from Electricity Transmission Lines

The independent report, commissioned by EirGrid, has found that the sale prices of residential and farm property in Ireland are not significantly impacted by proximity to overhead transmission lines.

The research was conducted by consultants – Insight Statistical Consulting and Corr Commercial Land Ltd – using published international research, sales data for residential and farm property properties in Ireland, and a survey of the views of Irish estate agents.

Amongst the report’s findings are:

  • Analysis of sales data for properties in close proximity to transmission lines in Ireland found there was “no evidence of a statistically significant impact” on prices
  • The perception of potential decreases in sales value as a result of high-voltage overhead lines close to property far outweighs the reality borne out in actual sales data
  • Internationally, approximately half of the available studies on the issue found no impact on property values; the remaining 50% were generally low, i.e. in the region of 3% to 6%
  • The results of both the statistical analysis of the sales of house and farms in Ireland and the international research were compatible; however the views provided by estate agents varied considerably

One of the biggest challenges faced by this project was the need to obtain good quality and accurate data that facilitated the construction of a rigorous statistical model that could isolate the impact of linear infrastructure while factoring out other variables that will impact on price e.g. differences in property characteristics.

Co-author of the report Professor Cathal Walsh, chair of statistics and director of the Centre for Health Decision Science at University of Limerick, said the research should provide comfort for property and landowners near large, planned infrastructural projects, although he acknowledged there is a low level of data available for assessment.

“In the estate agent survey we looked at nine types of types of infrastructure projects, and the agents expressed a view that there would be a negative impact on property value located close to any major infrastructural development. However, when we reviewed the sales data from the same estate agents of property and land situated close to transmission lines, it did not support this anecdotal view,” he said

Academic-Profession

The Academic Profession in Ireland

This study examined the nature and extent of the changes experienced by the academic profession in Ireland in recent years. The report outlines current characteristics of the academic profession — those who teach and / or research — providing a profile of academics in Ireland. Three themes are investigated, the professional contexts of Irish academics, their teaching and research situations and their experiences of governance and management within their institutions..

Link to review contents: https://issuu.com/thinkmedia/docs/the-academic-profession-in_ireland-