While shortages are arising for a number of health professional occupations, employment in healthcare depends on government funding; as such, there are a number of other areas for which shortages do not exist, despite significant demand for services.
The demand for health services continues to grow, due to factors resulting from population growth.
Overall employment: Approximately 128,300 persons (77% female) were employed in the selected healthcare occupations, representing 5.7% of the national workforce.
Sector: 89% of overall employment was concentrated in the health sector.
Employment growth (5-year): Between 2013 and 2018, overall employment increased by 10,900 (1.8% on average annually compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for other therapy professionals (11.1%) during the period.
Age: The 25-54 age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 78%. The share of employees aged 55 and over was in line with the national average of 17%.
Education: Those who had attained third level qualifications (93%) was significantly above the national average share (48%), while 5% had attained a higher secondary/FET qualification.
Full-time/part-time: Over 80% of healthcare workers were in full-time employment.
Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was slightly below the national average of 16%, while 86% of workers were Irish nationals.