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“Did you know” HR Facts

Emigration: Ireland is losing an estimated 1,000 people a week to emigration with a surge in exports failing to lift prospects for employment. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has estimated net outward migration to be 100,000 over the two-year period from April 2010 to April 2012.

National minimum wage record in Ireland

2000 2001 2002 2004 2006 2007 2008 2009 2011
5.59 5.97 6.35 7.00 7.47 7.65 8.30 8.65 7.65

‘Dispute shopping’ is where individuals “try their luck” by taking multiple claims against employers through different institutions such as Rights Commissioners/Labour Court/ Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Retirement: Silver workers are people who have reached retirement age or wish to cease full-time employment – they often possess skills, knowledge or a reputation within a profession or industry which the organisation may wish to retain.

Recording working hours: You must have details of the days and hours worked in each week for each employee. The National Employment Rights Authority can visit any organisation at any time to check if you are compliant.

Mobile Phones: There are more mobile phones in Ireland than there are people.

Polish speakers in Ireland: Interesting facts recently released show that there are now more Polish speakers in Ireland than native Irish Speakers. Over 5% percent of the population of Ireland is Polish.

NERA: In the first 6 months of 2010, the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) website had nearly 700,000 hits with 60% of these visitors being new.