Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment

Job Creation

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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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]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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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.

Sector 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Manufacturing 222,036 229,893 239,855 252,339 258,184
Services 166,269 179,282 192,344 204,405 217,321
Grand Total 388,305 409,175 432,199 456,744 475,505

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.

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