Legal and Security

There was very little employment growth in these occupations over the five years examined and there was no evidence in the analysis of difficulties sourcing candidates.

  • Overall employment: Approximately 54,600 persons (73% male) were employed in the selected legal & security occupations, representing 2.4% of the national workforce.

  • Sector: 43% of overall employment was concentrated in the public administration and defence (PAD) sector, while administrative services and professional activities combined accounted for a further 41%.

  • Employment growth (5-year): Between 2013 and 2018, employment growth was below the national average (3.1%) for all of the occupations in this group while the strongest rate of employment growth was observed for security guards (2.2%) during the period.

  • Age: The 25-54 age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 80%. The share of employees aged 55 and over was 14%, below the national average of 17%.

  • Education: The share of persons employed in the selected legal & security occupations who had attained higher secondary/FET qualifications was 34%, slightly below the national average share of 37%. Those who had attained third level qualifications (57%) was above the national average share (48%).

  • Full-time/part-time: Over 91% of legal & security workers were in full-time employment.

  • Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was below the national average of 16%, while 89% of workers were Irish nationals.

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