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Key points for selected healthcare occupations

  • In 2014, there were approximately 103,000 persons employed in healthcare occupations, representing 5.4% of Ireland’s workforce (Figure 9.5.1)
  • Almost 90% of those employed in the selected occupations were professionals (approximately 92,000 persons)
  • There were 55,000 employed nurses and midwives, accounting for half of overall employment in healthcare occupations; this ranked the largest professional workforce nationally and the fourth largest nationally, after sales assistants, farmers, other administrative occupations
  • Between 2009 and 2014, overall employment in the selected healthcare occupations expanded by 1.1%, strong average annual growth in employment was recorded for physiotherapists (8.9%, albeit from a low 2009 base level), occupational & therapy professionals (7.1%) and medical practitioners (4%); in contrast, very modest average annual rates of decline were recorded for pharmacists and nurses & midwives
  • Over the five year period 2009 to 2014, there were a net 5,500 additional jobs created; the largest absolute employment increase was observed for medical practitioners (at 2,000); however, employment for this occupation contracted between 2013 and 2014
  • Between 2013 and 2014, overall employment contracted by 0.8% or 1,000; this was in contrast to positive growth of 1.7% nationally (Figure 9.5.2)
  • Four fifths of persons employed in healthcare occupations was aged 25-54; one fifth of employed medical practitioners and occupational & other therapy professionals was aged 55 or older (Figure 9.5.3).
  • Over 90% of all employed healthcare professionals were third level graduates; the corresponding share was over 80% for healthcare associate professionals
  • While most persons employed in healthcare occupations were female, just over half of employed medical practitioners were male
  • One quarter of employed occupational & other therapy professionals were non-Irish nationals ─ above the national average share of 15%.

Shortage Indicators

In recent years, the recruitment controls in relation to permanent employment contracts in the publicly funded healthcare sector resulted in frequent movements of doctors and nurses between employers. This was evident in the number of intra-occupational transitions, with 1,500 transitions identified for medical practitioners (some of this movement is due to standard hospital rotations during training) and 4,500 for nurses in 2014. The removal of the recruitment ban should result in less intra-occupational movement and importantly in expansion demand for healthcare roles.

However, the increase in public expenditure is expected to be modest in light of requirements for further fiscal consolidation, resulting in lower than average expected growth in employment in publicly funded services, including healthcare. Any growth which does occur is expected to be only a fraction of the total recruitment requirement, which will mostly be driven by the replacement demand. Exits to inactivity are estimated at 2,000 for nurses and 1,500 for other healthcare professionals and associate professionals. As a result the total annual recruitment requirement for healthcare professionals and associate professionals is estimated at over 5,000, with the recruitment requirement for nurses accounting for half of it.

Ireland, together with most developed countries, suffers from a chronic shortage of doctors. The number of unemployed qualified healthcare workers overall is negligible, while reliance on importing healthcare skills has been an important part of HR practices: in 2014, over 1,000 employment permits were issued to non-EEA doctors and a further 150 to nurses.

Shortages continue to persist for the following occupations:

  • Medical practitioners (especially locum and non-consultant hospital doctors, registrars and medical specialists (e.g. general and emergency medicine, anaesthetists, paediatricians, consultant radiologists)) nurses - advanced nursing practitioners (e.g. intensive care, operation theatre), registered nurses (e.g. general nurse, cardiovascular care, children’s care; intellectual disability care, mental health care) and clinical nurses
  • Radiographers (clinical specialists; MRI and CT radiographers)
  • Niche area specialists (radiation therapists, audiologists, orthoptists, prosthetists, orthotists) 
  • Health service managers.

The Department of Health increased the intake of medical students several years ago (the 2013/2014 graduate output at NFQ levels 8 and above was above 1,500, although some are non-EEA students) and is working on restructuring the progression paths through specialist medical training with a view of reducing the reliance on foreign doctors in non-consultant hospital grades and greater retention of Irish trained doctors.

The removal of the public sector recruitment ban should alleviate some of the above shortages.


Labour Market Research 20

These links are to well established sources of information used to review, evaluate and predict changes in our labour market.

Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry in Ireland August 2016 
This report reviews the supply of, and demand for, skills within the Biopharma Industry in Ireland up to 2020, with a specific focus on Biologics manufacturing as a growing sub-sector within the industry. It is estimated that 8,400 potential job openings
Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills 2013 - 2020 
May 2014 EGFSN report identifying measures to build up the Big Data and analytics talent pool in Ireland over the period up to 2020 in line with enterprise demand.
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2014 
Report prepared by the Skills and Labour Market
Research Unit in SOLAS aimed at providing an analysis of the key labour market indicators for each of Ireland’s eight administrative
regions: Border, Dublin, Mid-East, Midland, Mid-West, South-East, South-
Addressing the Demand for Skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics Sector in Ireland 2015 – 2020 
February 2015 EGFSN report assessing the skills and competency requirements for the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland up to 2020
Vacancy Overview 2014 - EFGSN 
The Vacancy Overview 2014 produced May 2015 by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS on behalf of the EGFSN, draws on data from newly advertised job vacancies in the following sources: DSP Jobs Ireland and The analysis focuses
Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply 
July 2015 report on those entering and leaving the Irish education system (primary, post-primary,further education and training, and higher education) spanning the ten levels of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2015 
Annual report produced by the EGFSN which identifies variations in skills supply and demand across 8 regions (Border, Dublin, Mid East, Mid-West, Midland, South East, South West and West).
Assessment of Future Skills Requirements in the Hospitality Sector in Ireland 2015-2020 
Report from the EGFSN assessing the skills demand within the Hospitality sector in Ireland to 2020 to ensure the right supply of skills to help drive domestic hospitality sector business and employment growth.
Vacancy Overview 2015 - EGFSN May 2016 
A report produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs contextualising 2015 vacancy data with what is occurring in the Irish labour market
EGFSN - Report for HE Providers on Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme 
February 2014 Report "Guidance for Higher Education providers on current and future skills needs of enterprise - Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme"
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These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
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SCSI Employment Opportunities & Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying 2014-18 
New report April 2014 from SCSI outlining the Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying projected from 2014-2018
Shortage of craft/entry level staff in the Hotel Sector 
Hotels and guesthouses are experiencing serious difficulties recruiting suitably qualified craft/entry level staff - IHF Annual Conference 24/2/14
National Skills Bulletin 2015 
The National Skills Bulletin 2015 provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, drawing on a variety of data sets, which have been systematically gathered in the National Skills Database (NSD) since 2003.

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