Growth in employment in ICT occupations over the five-year period was driven primarily by an increase in employment for programmers and software developers. Demand for these skills was strong across all the economic indicators in 2019. The decline in employment in ICT occupations for 2020, as a result of COVID-19, is expected to be relatively small in number; while increases in employment may occur for roles such as programmers/developers, this may be offset by declines in lower skilled roles such as technical support. These occupations have a higher share of non-Irish employed compared to the national average and the supply of skills may be impacted from reduced inward migration. See National Skills Bulletin 2020 for more details.

9.2 ICT Occupations

Overall employment: Approximately 86,400 persons (76% male) were employed in the selected ICT occupations, representing 3.8% of the national workforce.

Sector: Two thirds of overall employment was concentrated in the ICT sector, with a further 10% employed in finance and 9% in industry

Employment growth (5-year): Between 2014 and 2019, overall employment increased by 17,800 (4.7% on average annually compared to 3.2% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for programmers & software developers (7.7%) during the period

Age: The 25-54 year age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 90%.

Education: The share who had attained third level qualifications (87%) was significantly above the national average share (48%), while a further 10% had attained a higher secondary/FET qualification

Full-time/part-time: Over 97% of ICT workers were in full-time employment

Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was well above the national level of 17%, while 64% of workers were Irish nationals.

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