The accommodation and food services sector, for which the majority of employment in these occupations occurs, has experienced significant growth in recent years. Recent job hires far outnumbered employment growth in 2018 indicating that job churn is a significant factor for these occupations.

In terms of future outlook, any fallout from Brexit that impacts tourism in Ireland will have direct implications for the demand for these skills.

  • Overall employment: Approximately 166,900 persons (56% female) were employed in the selected hospitality occupations, representing 7.4% of the national workforce.

  • Sector: 86% of overall employment was concentrated in the accommodation and food sector.

  • Employment growth (5-year): Between 2013 and 2018, overall employment increased by 42,400 (6.0% on average annually compared to 3.1% nationally).

  • Age: The 25-54 age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 62%. The share of workers under 25 and was 27%, significantly above the national average of 10%.

  • Education: The share of persons employed in the selected hospitality occupations who had attained higher secondary/FET qualifications was 52%, well above the national average share of 37%. Those who had attained third level qualifications (29%) was well below the national average share (48%).

  • Full-time/part-time: Over 59% of hospitality workers were in full-time employment, this being the lowest share of all the occupational groups.

  • Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers, at 31%, was significantly above the national average of 16%, while 69% of workers were Irish nationals.

  • Unemployment: In quarter 4 2018, the unemployment rate for hospitality workers (aged 15-74) was 5.3% (compared to the national rate of 5.4%).

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