Administrative and Secretarial

The impact of technology is likely to affect the number of people required for administrative roles. Job churn is also a factor, as evidenced by the high volume of recent job hires. However, job opportunities will continue to arise as replacements (due to retirement, etc.) for such a large occupation, translating into job vacancies.

  • Overall employment: Approximately 172,500 persons (77% female) were employed in the selected administrative & secretarial occupations, representing 7.6% of the national workforce.

  • Sector: These occupations are employed across all sectors, with employment concentrated in PAD (26%), health (14%), along with professional activities and transport, both of whom had an 8% share.

  • Employment growth (5-year): Between 2013 and 2018, overall employment increased by 24,700 (3.1% on average annually in line with the national average). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for government administrative occupations (7.4%) during the period.

  • Age: The 25-54 age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 71%. The share of employees aged 55 and over was 23%, above the national average of 17%.

  • Education: The share of persons employed in the selected administrative & secretarial occupations who had attained higher secondary/FET qualifications was 49%, well above the national average share of 37%. Those who had attained third level qualifications (44%) was below the national average share (48%).

  • Full-time/part-time: Over 72% of administrative & secretarial workers were in full-time employment.

  • Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was below the national average of 16%, while 91% of workers were Irish nationals.

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