Thursday, 15 October 2020
Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment
88. To ask the Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment the job creation in both the services and manufacturing sectors here in the past five years, respectively; his views on that which the future holds for these prospects over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30881/20]
The table below shows total employment by broad sector in agency client (IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta) companies over the period 2015-2019.
Over the five year period 2015-2019 employment in manufacturing grew by 16.3%, while employment in services grew by 30.7%. This continues a long-run trend, mirrored internationally, of a shift towards services. However, manufacturing is still the major component of agency client employment at 54.3%.
While COVID and Brexit represent significant challenges, we expect agency clients to return to employment growth in manufacturing and services over the next five years.