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Annual Employment Survey 2023

  • 15,530 total new jobs created in 2023
  • 68% of new jobs created were regionally based 
  • Results launch hosted by APC VLE who are announcing the creation of 300 new high-quality jobs supported by Enterprise Ireland

In research conducted by Insight Statistical Consulting for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Employment in client companies of Enterprise Ireland increased to a total of 225,495 in 2023, the highest ever recorded. The total number of jobs created was 15,530.  When job losses are taken into account there was a positive net jobs result of 5,011 in a very challenging year for businesses.

The results were announced today by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney, TD and Enterprise Ireland CEO, Leo Clancy at APC and VLE’s headquarters in Cherrywood in Dublin.  Today the leading life sciences company announced a €100 million expansion and the creation of 300 new jobs to establish ‘The Medicine Accelerator Campus’ in Cherrywood, Dublin.

Eight out of nine regions recorded net jobs growth, with the West region (+5%), the North-East region (+5%) and the North-West region (+4%) performing particularly strongly.  68% of new jobs created in 2023 in companies supported by Enterprise Ireland were located outside the Dublin region. 

Each of Enterprise Ireland’s three main sectoral divisions recorded jobs growth with Food and Sustainability now employing 66,047 people (+3%), Industrial and Life Sciences employing 93,652 (+2%) and Technology & Services employing 65,796 people (+2%).

Climate, Sustainability & Agritech performed strongly, with employment increasing by 7%, as did Dairy, Drinks and Food FDI with a 5% increase in employment.

Life Sciences companies saw employment increase by 4% and employment in the High Tech Housing and Construction sector increased by 3%. 

Digital Technology and Fintech sectors continued to grow at a moderate 2% despite technology industry headwinds, with international education and edtech reporting 5% employment growth.

Launching the 2023 employment results this morning, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney, TD, said 

“It is positive to see Enterprise Ireland supported companies recording jobs growth for the third year in a row.  2023 was a particularly challenging year for exporting Irish businesses with rising input costs, high interest rates and international instability among the challenging issues that impacted business performance.  Government is determined to help business face these challenges and continue to create high-quality employment across every region in Ireland. In addition to direct financial support, we are working with our economic development agencies, including Enterprise Ireland, to ensure an increased focus on innovation, digitalisation and sustainability so that Irish companies can continue to compete and win in global markets.”

Enterprise Ireland CEO Leo Clancy said

“Irish export-focused companies are continuing to create quality employment across Ireland, despite a challenging business environment. Employment in companies supported by Enterprise Ireland is now at its highest ever level at over 225,000 people. Despite very challenging economic conditions including higher costs, interest rates, inflation and international instability, Enterprise Ireland backed companies added 15,530 new jobs to the economy, ahead of our target for the year. 

“Looking to the year ahead, we have a major focus on supporting the ambition of Irish entrepreneurs to help them scale globally. APC & VLE, announcing 300 new jobs today, is a great example of an ambitious, innovative Irish company growing customers, adding pharma R&D, digital and manufacturing jobs and creating an impact in global markets.  

“At Enterprise Ireland we are determined to support both the start-up sector and established companies to increase sales and exports in global markets which results in increased employment.  Business sentiment among our client companies remains very high and they are continuing to innovate to ensure they are competitive in global markets that remain turbulent.  Enterprise Ireland is here to support those companies on that journey.”


Eurostudent Survey VIII

This report, which presents the findings of the eighth 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. The full report, conducted by Insight Statistical Consulting for the Higher Education Authority, is available for download here.

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 the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic in addition to traditional areas such as demographics, course characteristics, disability, college entry route, income and expenditure, accommodation, employment and student.

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Irish Survey of Student Engagement

Results of qualitative data analysis


The StudentSurvey.ie Steering Group published the results of five research projects analysing the qualitative data generated by the free-text response questions in StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie. The results contained within this report make up one part of this research series.

Five projects were funded by research bursaries offered by StudentSurvey.ie in October 2020. The aim of the bursary awards was to promote greater ownership and encourage wider use of the StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie data. Proposals for the analysis of the qualitative data emerging from StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie were invited from members of the research community within the participating institutions, as well as commercial data analysis companies. The projects were completed in May 2021. 

Access to the full report conducted by Insight Statistical Consulting is here.  



Knowledge Transfer Highlights

Submission to the AKTS is from Ireland’s Higher Education Institutes which in 2021 comprised eight Universities, three Technological Universities, seven Institutes of Technology and two Colleges. Teagasc, the Marine Institute and Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) also contribute.

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

Executive Summary

Research projects between companies and RPOs are of significant importance in the area of RD&I activity. In 2021 there were 1,339 new R&D agreements signed with companies to commence new research projects. At year end there were 1,780 research projects live across all RPOs. There were a total of 2,121 new contracts with industry in 2021 which include 782 consultancy agreements.

347 Collaborative Research Agreements and 210 Consultancy Agreements were signed with Non-commercial entities. The total number of R&D Agreements and Consultancy Agreements signed in 2021 with industry and non-commercial entities totalled 2,678. The majority of intellectual property licences, options and assignments to companies were for patents and software at 30% and 22% respectively.

Over the period 2017-2021 the total number of spin-out companies formed was 139, an average of 28 per year. In 2021, 32 new spin-outs were created. Five companies previously spun out from an RPO were acquired by or merged with another company. As of December 2021, there were 143 Active Spin-out companies (3+ years post formation) and these companies employ at least 1,218 people.

Research expenditure for the 23 RPOs totalled €672m in 2021 with 8.6% (€57.6m) of this being derived from Industry. Revenue return to RPOs from commercialisation activities with industry totalled approximately €143m. 89% of this came from research agreements (research collaborations + Innovation Vouchers) and almost 3% from consultancy services. The remaining revenue return came from license, equity and dividend and use of facilities and equipment.

Access to the full report is available here.

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.


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-