The Forfás Annual Employment Survey 2012 reports that Ireland’s enterprise development agencies cumulatively created nearly 9,000 net jobs in 2012.
The survey examines full-time and part-time employment levels in all companies assisted by the four development agencies, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Shannon Development and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
The results for 2012 were positive, continuing the trend in 2011 of recovery and job creation. Total permanent full-time employment in agency-assisted companies operating in all sectors amounted to 294,785 in 2012, a net increase of 8,975 jobs (+3.1 per cent) on employment levels in 2011 and continues the trend of positive growth in employment following three consecutive years of employment losses between 2007 and 2010.
Gross job gains for 2012 were 26,005, which is slightly down on the 2011 figure of 27,201 (-4.4 per cent). However, encouragingly, gross job losses (at 17,030) were at their lowest level for more than a decade.
Total full-time employment among Irish-owned companies amounted to 144,964 in 2012, an increase of 3,228 jobs (+2.3 per cent) on the previous year. Among foreign-owned companies, total full-time employment amounted to 149,821 in 2012, an increase of 5,747 (+4 per cent) on the previous year. Foreign-owned part-time employment also increased, by almost 600 jobs jobs (+3.4 per cent) in 2012, whilst Irish-owned part-time employment levels increased marginally.
All regions saw increases in employment levels over 2011, giving a consecutive year of employment growth for all four regions.
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