The North’s economy suffered substantially during the Troubles and did not recover strongly after the Good Friday Agreement. Photograph: iStock

We have yet to see how the negotiations on a new government will pan out, but having got the largest share of the popular vote, Sinn Féin is in a stro(...)

The fall in hours was not felt by those working in hotels and the food industry, where a third of workers are on the minimum wage – the highest percentages of employees. Photograph: iStock

Employers’ fears that the Government’s decision to raise the minimum wage last year would lead to job losses did not materialise, according to a study(...)

In the North, 94,000 people are waiting for more than a year for a consultant compared to just 3,364 in England though England has 30 times the population of Northern Ireland. Photograph: iStock

A united Ireland is “unlikely to ruin the State” and could cost less than people assume, an economist at the Economic and Social Research Institute (E(...)

The economies of Northern Ireland and the Republic are very different in many respects. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

As fears grow of a no-deal Brexit, the possibility of a Border poll on a united Ireland is back on the news agenda, even if the Government is saying i(...)

Temporary employment contracts accounted for 80 per cent of contingent workers and have not shown any significant signs of increasing in recent years, the ESRI report found.

The scale of the so-called gig economy isn’t as significant as some reports suggest, according to a new study by the Economic and Social Research Inst(...)

COLIN GLEESON People living in urban areas are more likely to face barriers to social inclusion, according to new research published by the Economic (...)

Discussions about the so-called “gig economy” are usually in the context of large firms such as Deliveroo, Uber and Airbnb. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

About 200,000 people are working in temporary or non-permanent employment arrangements in Ireland, new official figures suggest. The research commiss(...)

The study says engagement with employers at a local level is crucial, especially for smaller PLCs. Photograph: Getty Images

Students see post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses as a low-status option for school-leavers who do not get enough points to go to college, according to a m(...)

Barista  making a coffee. Photograph: iStock

There is no evidence that tens of thousands of workers in Ireland are on so-called “zero-hour” contracts as trade unions are claiming, a senior resear(...)

The ESRI’s study found that a high percentage of of female workers on minimum wage said they had taken up part-time work because it enabled them to look after children or other people. Photograph: Getty Images

Women are more than twice as likely as men to be earning the minimum wage, according to a study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).(...)

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