Arts, Sports and Tourism

Employment growth in these occupations is likely to be linked to Ireland’s strong economic performance in recent years; growth in the demand for these occupations (e.g. beauty therapists) will be dependent on a thriving tourism sector as well as on the level of disposable incomes for individuals in Ireland.

  • Overall employment: Approximately 93,100 persons (61% female) were employed in the selected arts, sports & tourism occupations, representing 4.1% of the national workforce.

  • Sector: 57% of overall employment was concentrated in the arts & entertainment sector.

  • Employment growth (5-year): Between 2013 and 2018, overall employment increased by 16,800 (4.1% on average annually compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for leisure & travel service occupations (7.4%) during the period.

  • Age: The 25-54 age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 74%. The share of employees aged 55 and over was 9%, well below the national average of 17%.

  • Education: The share of persons employed in the selected arts, sports & tourism occupations who had attained higher secondary/FET qualifications was in line with the national average share of 37%. Those who had attained third level qualifications (54%) was above the national average share (48%).

  • Full-time/part-time: Over 68% of arts, sports & tourism workers were in full-time employment.

  • Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was in line with the national average of 16%, while 84% of workers were Irish nationals.

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