Jobs at companies backed by government agencies hit record highs

Nearly 500,000 people were employed by corporate clients of three government agencies last year, up 6.3% from 2020.

Employment in companies supported by Irish government agencies Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta is at record highs.

According to employment survey report from 2021, the number of jobs in the client companies of these agencies increased by 6.3pc compared to the previous year. It reached 491,638 jobs, its highest level ever.

Regional employment growth was particularly strong last year. More than 55% of full-time jobs in Irish businesses and FDI firms came from outside Dublin.

Excellent results were reported for the year by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta. In 2021, employment supported by these agencies increased by 28,909 jobs, or 6.8 pc all sectors combined.

The manufacturing sector accounted for more than a third of this increase, having created 9,652 new jobs. The energy sector recorded a 33% increase in employment compared to 2020, while employment in the ICT services sector increased by 9.6% with 11,201 new positions.

Within the ICT services sector, employment in the field of ‘other computer and information technology services’ increased by 19.1pc (4,147 jobs) and in the field of ‘computer programming’ by 7.5pc (2,786 jobs). ).

Overall, the sector has increased its share of total agency-assisted business employment from 23.9% in 2012 to 28.4% in 2021.

Irish government-supported companies operating in the ICT sector have increased their employment figures from 15,143 jobs in 2012 to 26,946 in 2021. For foreign-owned government-supported companies in the sector, jobs increased from 51,852 in 2012 to 101,326 in 2012. 2021.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, TD, said the overall positive trend in employment figures was despite “the immense challenges businesses have faced over the past two years”.

” This is remarkable. This is a testament to the courage of the companies in question and the dedication and flexibility of the staff of Enterprise Ireland, IDA and Údarás na Gaeltachta,” he added.

He also said, however, that the positive results did not “get the whole story” and encouraged any employers who needed help to contact government agencies for help.

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