Science and Engineering

While the supply of graduates in science and engineering has increased over the last number of years, they are greatly sought after across a variety of other sectors (e.g. education, finance, public administration). The demand for skills in the science and engineering occupations is driven chiefly by high-tech and related industries, with specialist skills sets requiring extensive experience, often in niche areas.

The strong presence of research, development and innovation (RDI) activities in Ireland means that these skills are also required for research and development project manager roles.

  • Overall employment: Approximately 91,900 persons (67% male) were employed in the selected science and engineering occupations, representing 4.1% of the national workforce.

  • Sector: 51% of overall employment was concentrated in industry, followed by 20% in professional service activities.

  • Employment growth (5-year): Between 2013 and 2018, overall employment increased by 27,300 (7.3% on average annually compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for other engineering professionals (16.6%) during the period.

  • Age: The 25-54 age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 82%. The share of employees aged 55 and over was 12%, below the national average of 17%.

  • Education: Those who had attained third level qualifications (80%) was significantly above the national average share (48%), while a further 15% had attained a higher secondary/FET qualification.

  • Full-time/part-time: Over 96% of science and engineering workers were in full-time employment.

  • Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was slightly below the national average of 16%, while 86% of workers were Irish nationals.

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