Tourism is a big part of the Irish economy. Work in tourism is often seasonal, during the warm spring and summer months when most tourists visit Ireland. But the strength of Ireland’s tourism appeal is so great that in many areas there are roles available right around the year. Tourism supports many other sectors too, providing opportunities for businesses involved in sales, transport, restaurants and leisure.
Approximately 154,700 persons (56% female) were employed in Tourism and Hospitality occupations, representing 7.0% of the national workforce. The accommodation and food services sector, for which the majority of employment in these occupations occurs, has experienced significant growth in recent years.
However, job churn is also a significant factor for these occupations, with over 50,000 recent job hires occurring in 2017 for these occupations. The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for waiters & waitresses (9.2%) during the last 5 years.
Employment growth was high for Chefs and Cooks; while chefs are employed across a variety of sectors, issues in attracting chefs relate to the hospitality sector. Employment permits have been expanded to allow for certain chef occupations. There is also evidence of issues with retention for entry level chefs. There has been a substantial increase in supply in recent years (+80% compared to 2012) but this has not been sufficient to offset demand.
As a result there continues to be a shortage of Executive chefs, Head chefs, Sous chefs and Chefs de partie.
Tourism is about the experiences people have and the activities they participate in when they travel.
Accommodation is a huge part of the Tourism industry and businesses such a hotels employ a wide range of staff, including cleaners, receptionists, management, chefs, porters and many more.
In many corners of Ireland the number of jobs created by tourism rises and falls with the changing of the seasons.
Ireland's vibrant cultural and business life means there are many events and conferences occurring nationwide that attract travellers for business and fun.