Tuesday 16 January 2018

Ireland: A nation at work

Almost 91pc of those with an engineering, manufacturing or construction qualification were male, while 85pc of those with a health and welfare qualification were female. Stock picture
Almost 91pc of those with an engineering, manufacturing or construction qualification were male, while 85pc of those with a health and welfare qualification were female. Stock picture

Education: More females than males aged 15 years or older are in full-time education.

There are a total of 427,128 students, up 4.5pc since 2011, but the census results reveal that among those aged 19-22, the so-called college years, women are more likely to attend third-level.

An increasing number of younger people have a third-level qualification, with almost half (49.8pc) of all those aged 30-39 years educated up to third level, up from 46.5pc in 2011.

Educational attainment and unemployment are closely linked.

The unemployment rate for those with a primary education at most was 34.6pc, compared with 6.2pc for those with a third-level degree or higher.

Transport

The car is the dominant means of transport to school and work, with six out of every 10 children (327,039) travelling to education by car alongside 1.1 million workers.

The numbers taking public transport to school have fallen by more than 10pc to almost 57,000.

And despite an increase of almost 28,000 in the number of pupils attending secondary school, the numbers that are walking or cycling have increased by just 855 to a total of 81,393.

Car ownership continues its upward trend, with 1.39 million households having at least one car, but ownership is low in the cities. Just 33.7pc in Dublin City said they had a car.

Cycling to work has increased by almost 43pc since 2011, rising to 56,837. It takes longer to get to work than in 2011, up from 26.6 minutes to 28.2 minutes.

Workforce

Almost 91pc of those with an engineering, manufacturing or construction qualification were male, while 85pc of those with a health and welfare qualification were female.

Some 2.3 million people are in the workforce, up 3.2pc since 2011, and the number unemployed has dropped by almost 32pc, down to 265,962, a drop of 124,715. The growing number of retired people, up 19.2pc to 545,000, is the largest contributor to the increase in the numbers outside the labour force.

Health

There has been a drop in the number of people aged 0-19 years reporting their health is 'good' or 'very good', down from 95.6pc to 94.5pc.

Conversely, older people at 60 years or more (up from 72.5pc to 73.8pc) say they are in good health.

Overall, almost 60pc of the population identify as having good health, but professional workers score higher - 75.4pc of this cohort compared with 55.9pc among skilled workers. People in Dún-Laoghaire/Rathdown rated themselves as the healthiest in the State, with 65.6pc, followed by Meath, Kildare and Cork. The lowest proportion was in Cork City, Dublin City and Longford.

Some 13.5pc of the population have a disability, up almost 48,000. The number of carers has increased, up 8,151 to 195,263, which includes 3,800 children, a fall from 4,228 in 2011.

Irish Independent

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