New light shed on make-up of Kerry workforce


A NEW report on the workforces of large Irish towns, prepared using data from the 2006 census has thrown light on just how the workforces of Tralee and Killarney are made up.

According to the report, compiled by the Central Statistics Office, tourist mecca Killarney's service and hospitality sector employs almost a third of the town's workforce.

Meanwhile, workers in Tralee are shown to be better educated than in most similar sized Irish towns.

Over 28 per cent of Killarney's working population worked in the hotel and restaurant industry in 2006, compared with an average 5.9 per cent share for all other towns covered in the report.

The report also shows that workers in non manual occupations accounted for 42 per cent of Killarney's working population, twice the average proportion for all towns with a population of 5,000 or more.

Killarney drew the majority its working population of 6,380 from its immediate hinterland, although Tralee was also a significant contributor.

The report also found that Tralee has a much better educated workforce than the other towns included in the CSO's analysis with 41.3 per cent of Tralee's 6,844-strong workforce having been educated to third level. The CSO report notes that this is "high compared with other towns of 5,000 population and over."

The wholesale and retail trade and the health sector each accounted for 20 per cent of all employment in Tralee with the manufacturing sector (13 per cent) and public administration and defence (8.9 per cent) also playing a significant role.

According to the report, significant numbers of workers travelled into Tralee from the surrounding towns of Listowel, Castleisland and Killarney.