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.