Have the Troika’s 2014 targets on jobs numbers have already been met? This new working paper by UCD’s Niamh Hardiman and the IPA’s Muiris MacCarthaigh seems to suggest it has. The 2014 target is here on page 64 of the national recovery plan.
From a recent Dail question:
The numbers working in the public service have continued to fall, with the provisional outturn for the end of last year now standing at 296,900, which means we are now at close to the 2005 staffing levels. This is a year-on-year reduction from the end of 2010 of more than 8,500. The employment control framework ceiling for the public service in 2011 was 301,000. To exceed this target by more than 4,000 is impressive.
The authors make good use of the new department of public expenditure and reform’s databank in their work, and it produces this figure.