Within two months of first official cases of coronavirus being reported here   unemployment shot to a record 28.2 per cent, one of the biggest jumps seen by any country. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Irish labour market tends to amplify economic shocks. That’s been observed through several recent recessions. The reason is that 70 per cent of t(...)

The President was speaking  to the International Labour Organisation. File photograph: Maxwells

Covid-19 has illustrated how, for the last four decades, frontline workers and those providing essential services have been “undervalued”, President M(...)

As Ireland emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown, many people will potentially lose their jobs or see the nature of their jobs change radically. File photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

In the months and years ahead, as Ireland emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown, many people will potentially lose their jobs or see the nature of their (...)

Kailash Satyarthi: “Eradication of trafficking, forced [child] labour, bonded labour is supposed to be accomplished by 2025 and unfortunately it seems that the world is failing again its children.” Photograph: Money Sharma

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi has met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to seek support for a UN convention combating international child exploitati(...)

“It can be difficult for organisations to spot talent and future leaders.” Photograph: iStock
Changing to meet new needs

Organisations of all types are finding it difficult to keep up with the pace of change in the world around them. In a world where the world’s biggest (...)

Skillnet Ireland chief executive Paul Healy: “We will all have to be more agile, flexible and able to move between jobs.”

Increased longevity, pressure on the pensions system, and the changing nature of employment are combining to create a profoundly different career land(...)

Norah Casey pictured this week receiving an award. Several facts used to promote her Planet Woman initiative are wrong or have been largely discredited.

This week, former Dragon’s Den panellist and magazine publisher Norah Casey launched her annual Planet Woman Academy initiative. It is essentially a m(...)

 Ged Nash said the Bill will apply to people such as actors doing voice-over work, session musicians and freelance journalists. Photograph: : Dave Meehan

A Labour Private Member’s Bill allowing for self-employed people to collectively pay bargain with employers was passed by the Seanad. Party spokesma(...)

Syrian refugees: fewer than 0.1 per cent of those seeking asylum in Turkey  have been given work permits. Photograph: Kilicbulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Fewer than 0.1 per cent of Syrians in Turkey stand to gain the right to work under much-vaunted Turkish labour laws, undermining EU claims the legisla(...)

Portuguese president Anibal Cavaco Silva  shakes hands with  Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins at Belem presidential palace in Lisbon, Portugal,  December 9th, 2015, on the first day of the latter’s three-day official visit to Portugal. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union is in danger of neglecting the principle of social cohesion enshrined in its treaties, President Michael D Higgins has said, descri(...)

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