It has been announced that companies supported by Enterprise Ireland have increased net employment by almost 12,000 in 2021. This has been the highest annual increase in net employment reported by Enterprise Ireland.
68% of the new jobs created were outside of Dublin, with increases in all regions of the country. The North West saw a 9% increase with a 7% increase in the South West.
20,432 new jobs in total were created by companies supported by Enterprise Ireland with total employment reaching 207,894.
The increase in employment was seen across all sectors, with exceptional growth reported in some sectors. There was a 14 percent increase in Life Sciences, 12 percent increase in Business Services and Digital Technology saw a 10 percent increase in jobs.
Regional breakdown of employment growth 2021:
Region Employment Increase
Dublin 66,704 7%
Mid East 20,426 4%
Midlands 11,416 4%
Mid West 24,312 5%
North East 18,606 5%
North West 6,797 9%
South 24,962 5%
South East 20,003 7%
West 14,668 9%
Enterprise Ireland CEO, Leo Clancy, said:
“Enterprise Ireland has been working with businesses throughout the country to ensure they can quickly recover from the impact of Covid-19 and continue to adapt to the new trading relationship with the UK. It is very important and welcome to see job growth in every key economic sector and every region.
“Our core focus for the coming years will be on helping our clients realise further growth resulting from the significant opportunities that a recovering global economy presents for the benefit of every community in Ireland.”
Minster for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, TD, said:
“Over 200,000 people now work in Enterprise Ireland client companies. That’s almost as many people working for multi-nationals. It’s great to see Irish exporting companies performing so strongly last year while notwithstanding the disruption to trade caused by Brexit and the pandemic. There was a net increase in employment of almost 12,000.
“I am particularly pleased that jobs growth occurred in all regions with almost 70% of new jobs growth occurring outside of Dublin and particularly strong growth in the north-west and south-east. This is an extra-ordinary performance and I want to thank the Enterprise Ireland team for their phenomenal work in the year gone by. We are well on our way to meeting our target of having 2.5m people at work in Ireland by 2024”.
Enterprise Ireland also launched their new three-year strategy, entitled ‘Leading In A Changing World.’
The strategy sets an ambitious target of creating 45,000 jobs over the next three years, increasing exports by Enterprise Ireland client companies to €30bn.
Original Press Release Enterprise Ireland – https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/News/PressReleases/