Key points for selected Administrative and Secretarial Occupations
- In 2014, there were approximately 152,000 persons employed in administrative and secretarial occupations, accounting for 7.9% of Ireland’s workforce (Figure 9.14.1)
- Between 2009 and 2014, overall employment in the selected occupations contracted by 2.8% on average annually, with the 2014 overall employment level 23,000 below the 2009 level (175,000); however, since 2012, employment has been increasing, reversing the downward trend recorded since the beginning of the recession
- Over the five-year period, employment decreased in all occupations (excluding records & library clerks and office managers & supervisors); the fastest rates of decline were observed for government administrative occupations (7.3% on average annually) and PAs & other secretaries (4.2% on average annually); the most significant absolute decline was observed for government administrative occupations (16,500) and PAs & other secretaries (7,000) (Figure 9.14.2)
- Between 2013 and 2014, overall employment expanded by 3.1%, with 4,500 net additional jobs created; the strongest increases (rates and levels) was observed for other administrators and office managers & supervisors; the decline in employment levels for government administrative occupations stabilised
- At least 70% of those employed in each occupation was aged 25-54; the workforce of PAs & other secretaries was the most mature, with one quarter aged 55 or older; in contrast, it was the youngest for receptionists, with 11% younger than 25
- With the exception of records & library clerks and office managers & supervisors, the share of persons employed in each occupation who were third level graduates was below the national average
- At least 70% of persons employed in each occupation was female
- The share of persons in part-time employment was the highest for receptionists (at 45%) and PAs & other secretaries (at 40%).
In 2014, vacancies for administrative and secretarial roles were numerous. Many vacancies were arising due to replacement demand (5,500 transitions to inactivity were identified for general clerks in 2014) and turnover (9,000 transitions between employers).
There were also over 10,000 job ready general clerks looking for work in May 2015.
In addition, over 5,000 students graduated from FET courses in business and administration in 2014. Supply is estimated to be sufficient to meet the recruitment requirement and no shortages exist at present.