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Ireland’s jobs boom is being driven by women and younger workers

Sarah Collins


Far from a 'great resignation', trends in education and childcare are moving more people into work

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Women and young people are driving Ireland’s post-Covid employment boom, making it a ‘big hire’ rather than a US-style ‘big quit’.

While there are record numbers in the workforce overall – 2.5 million in 2021, an employment rate of over 74pc – new data from the Central Bank shows the biggest shift has been in women over 35 and people under 25 entering and staying in jobs.


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