It’s the year of the foreign worker, but is there any shortage of skilled workers available in Dublin?
That is the question the latest figures from the Dublin Employers’ Association have put to the public, as part of a broader survey of business owners.
The figures show that of the total of 5,000 firms surveyed, the biggest employers in Dublin are multinationals with a workforce of over 4,000.
These include pharmaceutical companies and the Irish Government’s biggest employer, Irish Water.
However, the figures also reveal that a number of other businesses have a much smaller number of workers on the books.
This is because the firms they employ are either already self-employed or employ people in temporary positions.
The Irish Times contacted all the companies involved in the survey and asked them to provide their total number of employees.
Only a handful replied.
These include two small, mid-sized companies in the City of Dublin, which are self-employment only, and a third, a large company based in the Irish Sea Port.
The three large companies employing over 1,000 people are the world’s largest, including Microsoft, Google, and Starbucks.
The small company employs about 250 people.
The survey found that of all the firms in the city, the two with the smallest numbers of employees are the four largest, with just 3,000 employees.
These four firms employ a total of 4,918 people.
Of the remaining companies in Dublin, the number of full-time workers is also down by more than half, with the number at just 1,716.
This is the second time the figures have been released this year, with last year’s data revealing a significant increase in the number and the types of foreign workers employed in the capital.
However the figures are still well below the level seen in the 1990s, when the Irish economy was growing at nearly twice the rate of the UK.
In a statement issued by the Dublin Business Group, the employers’ association, it said it welcomed the latest numbers.
“The increase in employment is positive for all employers and the economy,” said the statement.
“There are a number who have been self-employors in the past.
We will continue to engage with the sector and seek to support them.”
The numbers in the report were based on a survey conducted between February and June.
In the latest year, the numbers of firms employing more than 1,800 people were more than double the previous year.