Over 123,000 foreign nationals issued with PPS numbers in 2018
UK, Romania and Brazil accounted for most new allocations
The highest numbers are employed in the hospitality, administration and support, and the wholesale and retail sectors. Photograph: iStock
More than 100,000 foreign nationals aged 15 and over were allocated personal public service (PPS) numbers last year, figures from the Central Statistics Office show.
Almost half a million people from outside the State who had been issued a PPS number in the past six years were working in Ireland in 2018, according to the data published on Friday.
The highest numbers are employed in the hospitality, administration and support, and the wholesale and retail sectors.
In all, 109,303 foreign nationals over 14 were given PPS numbers in 2018. Of these almost 60 per cent had work during the year.
Including children, 123,135 PPS numbers were issued last year, compared with 85,021 six years ago. Allocations to males accounted for 53.8 per cent and 47.8 per cent to females.
Since 2013 some 622,919 PPS numbers have been issued to people from outside the State, and of these 78 per cent were working in 2018.
Sixteen per cent were employed in “accommodation and food service activities”; followed by “administration and support services activities” and by “wholesale, retail trade”.
Just under 11 per cent of employed foreign nationals were in manufacturing last year, 7.2 per cent in information and communication activities, and, 6.8 per cent in human health and social work.
Forty-five people were employed in the “activities of extra-territorial organisations and bodies” such as the United Nations or the World Bank, followed by 241 in jobs where households were their employers, and 395 in mining and quarrying.
In 2018 the UK had the highest number of PPS number allocations (15,095), followed by Romania (15,095) and Brazil (12,268).
The UK and Romania have had the two highest number of PPS number allocations by country since 2015.
Including engagement with social welfare, 63.9 per cent of foreign nationals who got their PPS number since 2013 were working, receiving social welfare or both. This compared with 33.4 per cent in 2013.