Friday 20 April 2018

Majority of those working don't take their full holidays

TCD economist Ronan Lyons, who was a co-author of the report
TCD economist Ronan Lyons, who was a co-author of the report
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

More than a half of Irish workers don't take their full holiday entitlement, a survey suggests.

And about a third say they work on average five hours extra per week for which they don't get paid.

The data was compiled by recruitment specialists CPL from 1,113 respondents across various sectors, including IT and telecoms, sales and marketing and customer service.

Separately, Cpl said there has been a steady increase in the number of jobs in the FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) sector since 2011, but a slowdown is emerging.

There was a reduction over the last three months in the average level of jobs posted - down from 217 in the first quarter to 202 this quarter.

But the recruitment firm said this could be attributable to seasonal factors.

Ronan Lyons, Trinity College Dublin economist and co-author of the report, said growth has slowed down since the start if last year.

"Between 2011 and 2014, the number of jobs posted roughly doubled. As the next election draws closer, there will be growing interest in whether this level of jobs growth can be sustained," he said.

The data in the release is based on two main sources - Cpl's employment index, the number of new roles by category registered with Cpl Resources month-on-month, and Cpl's sentiment survey, feedback from jobseekers registered with Cpl Resources and employers nationwide.

The monitor found that about a third reported working five hours extra per week for which they didn't receive pay. Over half the respondents said that they didn't take their full holiday entitlements.

"Many Irish employees are committed to their jobs and happy to work late if they are engaged by what they do and enjoy their work," said Peter Cosgrove, Cpl Resources director. "Our research also showed that over one third of respondents valued workplace friendships over anything else including the challenge of their job, its flexibility, location, salary or the job itself."

The report found that a perception gap continues between employers and employees - employers, particularly in sales, marketing & retail and IT, believe it is very much an employees' market.

However, jobseekers believe the opposite.

"The perception gap between employers and employees indicates strong labour demand," Mr Cosgrove added.

Irish Independent

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