The WDC has today published Trends in Agency Assisted Employment in the Western Region as well as a county profile for each of the seven western counties.
Employment in businesses which have received support from one of the main enterprise agencies, which are usually export oriented, is called agency assisted employment. The WDC has just published its analysis of data on these businesses for the Western Region from 2004 to 2013.
Our analysis has found that:
- Lower recent growth: There was less volatility in assisted job numbers in the Western Region over the period. Assisted jobs in the region have not grown as strongly as in the rest of the country since growth resumed in 2010.
- More permanent full-time employment: Recent assisted jobs growth in the Western Region is more likely to be permanent full-time, with the share of temporary/part-time jobs lower now than at the start of the period.
- Concentrated by sector: Assisted jobs in the Western Region are more concentrated by economic sector than in the rest of the state and manufacturing activities continue to dominate.
- Foreign owned sector driving growth: The strongest recent assisted jobs growth has been in the modern manufacturing and information and communication sectors which have the highest shares of foreign ownership. The foreign owned sector has driven recent growth in the Western Region to a greater extent than in the rest of the state.
- Irish owned sector performing less well: There has been much greater volatility in the Irish owned sector over the ten year period and the region’s Irish owned sector is not showing as strong a recovery as in the rest of the country.
- Urban concentration: Urban concentration, especially in the cities, is a feature of assisted jobs. The resumption of growth does appear to be spreading across the Western Region to some degree, although Clare and Leitrim have seen no increase in assisted employment.
Agency assisted employment is a key policy tool for job creation and unemployment reduction. Recent growth in assisted jobs in the Western Region has not been as strong as elsewhere, particularly among Irish owned businesses. Agency assisted job creation in the Western Region needs to focus on increasing sectoral diversity and strengthening the Irish owned sector. Addressing the lower levels of assisted employment in the counties of the North West should also be a policy priority.
Download the two page WDC Insights, full report and/or 7 county profiles here