Legal and Security

Employment growth was low in legal and security occupations and there was no evidence in the analysis for 2019 of difficulties sourcing candidates. Employment declines for these occupations as a result of COVID-19 are expected to be small. While gardaí continue to be in significant demand, it is likely that security guards will experience the most significant falls in employment in absolute terms, due to the continued closure of a number of businesses and retail services. Those working in protective services occupations (e.g. gardaí) had high scores in relation to exposure to diseases. Most of the occupations in this group are likely to work in close proximity to others. See National Skills Bulletin 2020 for more details.

9.7 Legal & Security Occupations

Overall employment: Approximately 57,000 persons (75% male) were employed in the selected legal and security occupations, representing 2.6% of the national workforce.

Sector: 42% of overall employment was concentrated in the public administration and defence (PAD) sector, while administrative services and professional activities combined accounted for a further 43%

Employment growth (5-year): Between 2014 and 2019, overall employment increased by 3,100 (1.1% on average annually compared to 3.2% nationally); the strongest employment growth rate was observed for barristers, judges, solicitors & related professionals (3.8%) over this period

Age: The 25-54-year age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 77%. The share of employees aged 55 years and over was 17%, below the national average of 19%

Education: The share of persons employed in the selected legal & security occupations who had attained higher secondary/FET qualifications was 27%, below the national average share of 38%. Those who had attained third level qualifications (62%) was above the national average share (48%)

Full-time/part-time: Over 93% of legal & security workers were in full-time employment

Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was below the national average of 17%, while 85% of workers were Irish nationals.

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