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David Clancy

AITI Chartered Tax Adviser

Irish Tax Institute


  David Clancy
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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Administrative and Secretarial Occupations

Key points for selected Administrative and Secretarial Occupations

  • In 2013, there were approximately 145,000 persons employed in administrative and secretarial occupations, accounting for 7.8% of Ireland's workforce
  • At almost 25%, the highest share of employment was concentrated in public administration, while the remainder was distributed across all other sectors
  • Between 2008 and 2013, overall employment in the selected occupations contracted by 4.6% on average annually; with the exception of records and library clerks, employment decreased for all occupations ‒ the fastest rate of decline was recorded for personal assistants (PAs) and other secretaries; and receptionists, each decreasing by 7% on average annually; overall employment of records and library clerks expanded by 5.8% on average annually
  • Over the five-year period, employment decreased by approximately 40,000; the largest absolute declines were recorded for government administrative occupations and PAs & other secretarial occupations
  • Between 2012 and 2013, however, employment expanded by 1.6%, resulting in approximately 2,000 net additional jobs; the largest absolute increase in employment was observed for other administrators, while the largest absolute decrease was observed for government administrative occupations
  • At least 66% of those employed in each occupation was aged 25-54; those employed as receptionists were the youngest, with 17% aged 15-24, which was double the national share
  • With the exception of records and library clerks and office managers and supervisors, the share of persons employed in each occupation with third level qualifications was below the national average
  • At least 70% of those employed in each occupation was female
  • The prevalence of part-time work was the highest for receptionists and PAs and other secretaries, with 46% and 40% of all persons employed in those occupations working part-time.

Shortage Indicators

There is currently no shortage of general clerks in Ireland. Higher than average intraoccupational turnover rates have been identified for general admin workers and receptionists.

Labour Market Research 14

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

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-
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.
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"
Addressing Future Demand for High-level ICT Skills (EGFSN) 
Study forecasting the demand for high-level ICT skills to 2018, across all sectors of the economy in Ireland.
The Green Economy in Ireland (EGFSN) 
This study identifies the future skills needs of enterprise engaged within the green economy in Ireland and proposes a range of measures to ensure that their future skills base will drive business and employment growth. The study informs education and tra
National Skills Bulletin 2013 
Current National Skills Bulletin, providing a detailed overview of the Irish labour market. It is based on research conducted by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit of FÁS (Now SOLAS)on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.
CSO - Central Statistics Office 
This is the primary source of statistical information about our population. Several of the reports generated by the CSO provide the basis of most other reports on the Labour Market.
Skills and Labour Market Reports 
A list of current Publications directly related to Labour Market conditions produced jointly by SOLAS (formerly FAS) and the EGFSN
Forfás - Ireland's national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation 
Forfás provides the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (formerly Enterprise, Trade and Employment - DETE) and other stakeholders with analysis, advice and support on issues related to enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation.
EGFSN - Expert Group on Future Skills Needs 
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) is a body appointed by the Irish Government to advise it on aspects of education and training related to the future skills requirements of the enterprise sector of the Irish economy.
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Current Labour Market related info  3

These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
Download publication in PDF format.
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
Irish Independant News - Labour Market 
Current news relating to the Irish Labour market.

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