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Future Jobs Ireland – Preparing Now for Tomorrow’s Economy

To ensure Ireland's economy is well positioned to adapt and prosper in the future, the Government launched a new economic pathway for Ireland based on embracing innovation and technological change, improving productivity, increasing labour force participation, enhancing skills and developing talent and transitioning to a low carbon economy. Future Jobs Ireland will drive our development as a resilient, innovative, and globally connected economy, capable of coping with technological and other transformational changes ahead.

Ireland’s economy is performing strongly. Living standards are rising and employment has reached the highest levels in years. Ireland can be proud of the progress made. This has been achieved this through the hard work of the Irish people and the resilience demonstrated through some very tough times.

However, there is no room for complacency. Significant vulnerabilities are evident in the domestic economy such as declining productivity levels in SMEs, infrastructural constraints, skills deficits and labour availability, as well as concentrations in some sectors. Internationally, Brexit, growing trade protectionism and other geopolitical risks provide further complexities. Technological advances and the transition to the low carbon economy present challenges but also numerous opportunities as our businesses and workers adapt in a changed economy.

Against this backdrop, the Government has developed Future Jobs Ireland, a framework of focused ambitions which will form a key part of Ireland’s future economic agenda over the medium term.

Future Jobs Ireland, along with Project Ireland 2040, Global Ireland 2025 and the forthcoming All of Government Climate Plan represents an integrated approach to prepare for the opportunities and challenges of the future economy.

Future Jobs Ireland focuses on five pillars namely:

  • Embracing Innovation and Technological Change
  • Improving SME Productivity
  • Enhancing Skills and Developing and Attracting Talent
  • Increasing Participation in the Labour Force
  • Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy

Future Jobs Ireland 2019, the first in a series of annual reports, establishes 26 ambitions under these pillars that will enhance the resilience of our economy and ensure we are well placed to exploit future economic opportunities.

We are now in the process of developing Future Jobs Ireland 2020 and, following the success of the last year’s Summit , the Taoiseach and Minister Humphreys held another Future Jobs Ireland Summit on 7 November 2019 .

The Future Jobs Ireland Summit brought together key stakeholders from academia, Government, industry, representative bodies and other interested parties with a view to exchanging ideas and providing input to Future Jobs Ireland 2020. The purpose of the Summit was for attendees to exchange ideas and provide input to the development of Future Jobs Ireland 2020. The Summit offered stakeholders the opportunity to engage with each other and directly with Ministers in Breakout Sessions and the subsequent Panel Discussion. This year the Breakout Sessions focused on three themes namely Transitioning, Clustering and New Modes of Working which were chaired by Minister Humphreys, Minister Creed, Minister Ring, Minister Doherty, Minister McHugh, Minister Mitchell O’Connor, and Minister Breen.

The Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation will work collaboratively with Government Departments and other stakeholders to develop commitments for inclusion in Future Jobs Ireland 2020 which is expected to launch in early 2020.

Click here for more information on Future Jobs Ireland Summit 2019.

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Executive Summary

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Executive Summary Irish

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Future Jobs Ireland 2019 Report

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