Data Analyst/Researcher (Project Officer) Skills & Labour Market Research Unit Grade 8, ref no: 361

SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority of Ireland, was established on 27 October 2013 and its mission is to fund, co-ordinate and monitor a range of Further Education and Training (FET) provisions that is responsive to the needs of learners and employers. It is an agency of the recently formed Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. SOLAS works in close collaboration with Education and Training Boards (ETBs) across Ireland on provision of high-quality further education and training, equipping learners with relevant skills and knowledge, and providing a pipeline of talent into employment and to the Irish economy and society.

At SOLAS, we put the learner, employers and communities, which FET serves, at the heart of everything we do. Working with sister agencies, SOLAS leads actions in key policy and strategy documents including the most recent Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy 2020 – 2024, the evaluation of the National Youthreach Programmes (2019), the National Skills Strategy 2025 and the People Strategy 2020-2024 and others.

SOLAS is seeking to recruit a temporary position (contract end date 26/01/2024) and a permanent position of Data Analyst/Researcher (Project Officer) for its Skills & Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU). The Unit publishes research and reports, including labour market data and analyses, that facilitate the development and review of policy and practice in the further and higher education sectors, as well as other related sectors.

Analysis and forecasting carried out by SLMRU also support the development and review of policies and practice by the Regional Skills Fora, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and other government bodies, including SOLAS and the Education and Training Boards.

The successful candidate will be tasked with analysing the demand and supply of skills in the labour market, both nationally and regionally.

Both these positions for which the salary scale ranges from €39,858 to €63,923 per annum (inclusive of two long service increments) for a 37-hour week.  Starting pay will be at the minimum point of the scale as per Government Circular E100/8/82.  Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with current service in the Civil/Public service.

SOLAS offers an excellent benefit package including a contributory pension scheme and the opportunity for further training and development.

Applications, using the SOLAS Application Form, quoting reference number 361, should be e-mailed to

The closing date is Thursday 19th May 2022 by 5pm.

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SOLAS is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.