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The Active Population in Figures

201820192020
Labour Force 2,385,5182,429,7482,427,093

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 
201720182019
Total activity rate 72.91%73.23%73.51%
Men activity rate 79.13%79.21%79.51%
Women activity rate 66.80%67.34%67.60%

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 
Employed Persons, by Occupation (% of Total Labour Force) 2015
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 14.0%
Human health and social work activities 12.8%
Manufacturing 11.3%
Education 7.7%
Accommodation and food service activities 7.0%
Construction 6.4%
Professional, scientific and technical activities 6.0%
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 5.6%
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security 5.1%
Transportation and storage 4.7%
Financial and insurance activities 4.5%
Information and communication 4.2%
Administrative and support service activities 3.3%
Arts, entertainment and recreation 2.2%
Real estate activities 0.6%
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 0.6%
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 0.5%
Mining and quarrying 0.4%
 
For Further Statistics
Central Statistics Office Ireland
For Further Information About the Labour Market
Department of Jobs, Enterprises and Innovation

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Working Conditions

Legal Weekly Duration
39 hours. For more information, please visit the Public Service Information website.
Retirement Age
65 years
Working Contracts
Employment contracts can be verbal or written, or both. Most employment contracts are unlimited i.e. they do not have a specific end-date. Fixed-term employment contracts are generally treated the same way as unlimited contracts, except that they are subject to special rules regarding termination.
There are no special employment contracts. Most employment contracts have a probation period of twelve months. For more details, please visit the Ireland page on the International Labour Organisation's website.
Labour Laws
Consult Doing Business Website, to obtain a summary of the labour regulations that apply to local entreprises.

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Cost of Labour

Minimum Wage
According to official data, the minimum wage in 2022 is EUR 10.50 per hour.
Average Wage
Average annual salary is EUR 44,954 (Central Statistics Office, Q4 2021).
Social Contributions
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers: Employers withhold up to 11.05% of employees' salaries for the pay-related social insurance (PRSI). If weekly salaries are less than EUR 410, the PRSI is reduced to 8.8%.
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employees: Employees contribute 4% of their gross income to pay-related social insurance (PRSI). If gross income is less than the minimum wage, the employee is exempt from the PRSI.

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Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is the single umbrella organisation for trade unions in Ireland and represents a wide range of interests for 832,000 workers, both in the Irish Republic and in Northern Ireland.
There are currently 64 unions affiliated with the Congress. The Northern Ireland Committee (NIC) of the ICTU is the representative body for 34 trade unions with more than 215,000 members in Northern Ireland.
Unions
Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Unionisation Rate
Currently, roughly a quarter of workers in the private sector are unionised, compared to more than two-thirds in the public sector. Among foreign-owned firms, roughly 80% of workers do not belong to a unions. However, pay and benefits are usually more attractive compared to domestic firms.
Labour Regulation Bodies
International Labour Organisation

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