The 1.783 million people working in Ireland can be crudely broken into the following three categories:
- Private-sector employees (1,112,000)
- Self-employed (290,000)
- Public-sector (including semi-states) employees (381,000)
Of the self-employed, 88,000 have employees (who are included in the first category). Within the public sector, there are 330,000 employees in the public service and 51,000 employees in the semi-state bodies. A breakdown of employees by category which are full-time and part-time would be useful but is not available.
These figures are taken from the most recent release of Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) , though the employee figures used in Table A3 of the release are actually based on the results of the Earnings and Labour Costs Survey (ELCS).
Graphs showing the trend of the three categories since 2008 (the start of the ELCS dataset) are below the fold.
Here is the pattern of full-time/part-time employment noting that it includes all people (employees and self-employed) from the three categories shown above.