Category: Labour market


The creeping marketisation of welfare and employment services

Michael McGann 12/07/2021

The issue of unemployment, and the hundreds of thousands of people who are out of work, has rightly been a focus of much media and policy attention over recent months. This week, we heard the Irish Plant Contractors Association complain to Government of labour force shortages in the construction sector seemingly created by the Pandemic …



Ireland, low pay, and the Living Wage

Robert Sweeney 18/12/2019

The idea that work should pay is a key component of our social contract. Without adequate pay, the ability to live a life that is independent and …

Future Jobs in Ireland

Douglas White 22/11/2019

I had the opportunity to be in Dublin earlier this month for the Irish Government’s ‘Future of Jobs’ summit. One year on from the first such …

The Inequality of Unemployment

Nora Hassan 17/07/2019

  Ireland was among the European countries hit hardest by the financial crisis with unemployment soaring to 15 per cent. In the years following the …

Digital platforms

Rory O'Farrell 03/05/2019

In the mid-2010s, British researchers surveyed the number of digital platform workers (such as workers using Uber, Deliveroo, or Amazon Turk) by …

Zero hours work

Michelle O'Sullivan 16/04/2019

There has much attention on zero hours work in Ireland in recent years. Former Labour Party Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash …

Precarious work leads to precarious lives

Sinead Pembroke 24/01/2019

Precarious work precarious lives: how policy can create more security – a report recently published by FEPS-TASC – reveals that precarious work …

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