Call for dramatic cut in 40% public-private sector pay gap

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The average public servant is earning 40% more than the average private sector worker, according to official figures. There were calls for a dramatic reduction in the public-private sector pay gap after the latest Central Statistics Office data revealed that State workers earn €946.55 a week on average, or €49,390 a year …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 27 February]

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University degrees on the rise for women

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A higher proportion of women in their early 30s are university educated, a new report from the Central Statistics Office found. It shows 60% of women aged between 30 and 34 had a third-level qualification, compared to 46% of men of the same age group. However, there was little difference in older age groups …” (more)

[Fiona Dillon, Independent, 23 February]

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Young women more likely to have degrees than male peers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Young women are much more likely to have third-level qualifications than young men, new figures show. A Central Statistics Office report notes a significant educational attainment gap between the genders among those aged in their 20s and early 30s. Among 20- to 24-year-olds, for example, 24% of males had a third-level qualification, compared to 33% of women …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Earnings continue to rise but public sector workers see wages grow faster

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The good news is that average weekly earnings continue to rise across the country; the bad news for private sector workers is that the gains made by public sector workers continue to outstrip private sector wage increases. According to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, average weekly earnings rose by 1.7% in the year to September 2017, up to €714.41 …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Doctorates on the double: Ireland’s PhD holders multiplying

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of people in Ireland with doctorates has doubled in the past 10 years, in line with State policy to improve the country’s research credentials. Data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows 28,759 people had doctorates at the time of Census 2016, a rise of 31% since 2011 and of 99.5% on 2006 …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 24 November]

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Big social disparities in terms of education, says CSO

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Major societal and geographical gaps in educational achievement have been highlighted in the latest release of figures from Census 2016. The data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows a continuing decline in early school-leaving, as highlighted already this week in a Department of Education report on school completion …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 November]

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More women hold third-level qualifications than men, Census shows

Posted in Life on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Women in Ireland are better educated than their male counterparts, according to the latest data on educational participation in Ireland. New figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Thursday show a substantial overall increase in the level of educational achievement in the country, growing steadily over the last two and a half decades …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 23 November]

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University expansion plans at risk from funding difficulties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are at risk of losing their capacity to borrow hundreds of millions of euro needed to fund their expansion to cope with rising student numbers. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, has asked the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to determine whether universities are on or off the exchequer’s balance sheet …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Emigration of Irish nationals falls 13% with 35,300 leaving in year

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The number of Irish people leaving Ireland remains high, despite improvements in the economy and a fall in unemployment. Figures published by the Central Statistics Office on Wednesday show 35,300 Irish people emigrated in the 12 months to April 2015, a 13% drop on the previous year …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Drawing Lessons from the Public Sector Pay Talks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“With the public sector pay negotiations getting underway, it is timely to step back from the details and look at the broader landscape. For it is clear: if the wage structure in the overall economy mirrored the wage structure in the public sector, we would have a more prosperous economy and society …” (more)

[Unite’s Notes On The Front, 18 May]

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Shocking level of graduate emigration must be addressed, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for a new approach to promoting graduate and research jobs in Ireland, saying many highly qualified young people are being forced to emigrate because of lack of real job opportunities here …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 August]

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What Lies, beneath. Civil and public service pay, again

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“So, public sector pay is back on the radar. The publication by the CSO of the recent public/private sector pay comparisons has given rise to the usual outpourings from the organs of media billionaires …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 August]

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Opportunities in Ireland still not enough to draw emigrants back

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2014 by steve

“There are strong indications that the wave of mass emigration out of Ireland prompted by the downturn may be finally slowing, with the number of Irish people leaving the country last year falling 20% compared to the previous 12 months …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Average wage beyond our graduates

Posted in Life on August 25th, 2014 by steve

“Business, IT and engineering students at the country’s top colleges don’t expect to earn even the average wage in their first job, according to a wide-ranging new survey of graduate expectations …” (more)

[Colm Kelpie, Independent, 25 August]

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Literacy and numeracy among Irish average or below, according to survey

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2013 by steve

“One in six people here struggle with literacy while one in four lack numeracy skills, according to a major study published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Irish adults at or below average for literacy and numeracy

Posted in Teaching on October 8th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland was ranked as only average in terms of adult literacy and numeracy, according to international studies published this morning by the OECD and by the Central Statistics Office …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 8 October]

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100,000 more pupils in our primary schools by next decade

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2013 by steve

“Primary school pupil enrolments will grow by up to 100,000 by 2021, according to latest projections from the Central Statistics Office …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 May]

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Emigration at highest level in a decade

Posted in Life on April 26th, 2013 by steve

“Emigration figures reached their highest level in almost a decade in 2012, with an estimated 63,100 leaving the country. Preliminary CSO estimates indicate emigration jumped 12% last year as the effects of the economic downturn continued to force many people to seek employment abroad …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 26 April]

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Cost of education on the increase

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2012 by steve

“The cost of education has soared by almost 10% in the last year, according to official figures. An increase in third level costs was the main factor behind the rise over the 12 months to September …” (more)

[Independent, 11 October]

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More cuts to public sector pay bill possible

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2012 by steve

“Additional cuts to the public sector pay bill – either through a new voluntary redundancy package or increased working hours – may be necessary to address the budget deficit, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch and Dan O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 September]

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