Sligo has young and ed­u­cated work­force

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

Sligo town has some of the youngest and most ed­u­cated work­force in the West­ern Re­gion.

That’s ac­cord­ing to a new re­port car­ried out by the West­ern De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, which also found that Col­looney has more work­ers than Tub­ber­curry.

The age pro­file of those liv­ing in the Sligo town was re­ported as “quite young and the third youngest of the catch­ments of the seven county towns in the West­ern Re­gion.”

Those work­ers liv­ing in the catch­ment and em­ployed in Sligo town have a higher than av­er­age rate of third level ed­u­ca­tion - at 59.2 per cent, com­pared to the State fig­ure of 56.1 per cent.

There are al­most 22,000 work­ers trav­el­ling to work in Sligo from the sur­round­ing coun­ties.

The find­ings emerged af­ter the WDC car­ried out in-depth re­search into the com­mut­ing pat­terns of work­ers in the West­ern Re­gion.

It found that 8.4 per cent of all work­ers liv­ing in the West­ern Re­gion are com­mut­ing to Sligo.

This is more than three times the num­ber of work­ers liv­ing within Sligo town which high­lights the sig­nif­i­cant labour sup­ply avail­able.

Pol­icy An­a­lyst at the WDC Deirdre Frost said: “This is sig­nif­i­cant in the con­text of the re­cently pub­lished Project Ire­land 2040, where ur­ban cen­tres such as Sligo will be ex­pected to grow in im­por­tance. The forth­com- ing Re­gional Eco­nomic and Spa­tial Strate­gies will have to set out plans to sup­port greater growth in ur­ban cen­tres and em­ploy­ment growth is cen­tral to this.”

The com­mut­ing pat­terns of those at work in the West­ern Re­gion were ex­am­ined by the All-Is­land Re­search Ob­ser­va­tory (AIRO) at Maynooth Univer­sity who were com­mis­sioned by the WDC.

The study anal­y­ses pre­vi­ously un­re­leased Cen­sus data to ex­am­ine the travel to work pat­terns in each of the prin­ci­pal towns in the seven coun­ties of the West­ern Re­gion – in­clud­ing Sligo.

Of those liv­ing in Sligo, just over half (11,000) are em­ployed within the town while 10,700 work out­side the town and in the rest of the catch­ment and be­yond. Al­most 3,300 work in ru­ral Sligo, 550 work in Col­looney and just over 500 in Tub­ber­curry.

The sin­gle largest em­ployer is the ‘Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man Health and So­cial Work’ sec­tor and ac­counts for 30 per cent (6,363) which is higher than the State av­er­age (22.8 per cent).

Both the ‘Whole­sale, Re­tail and Com­merce’ (25 per cent) or 5,444 and ‘ICT and Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices’ at 11 per cent (2,330) are im­por­tant em­ploy­ment sec­tors although ‘ICT and Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices’ is much lower than the State av­er­age (20 per cent).

Man­u­fac­tur­ing In­dus­tries (14 per cent or 3,032) is the fourth most im­por­tant sec­tor and higher than the State av­er­age of 13 per cent.

Chair­per­son of the WDC, Dr. Deirdre Gar­vey said the in­for­ma­tion will be “of par­tic­u­lar value to pol­icy-mak­ers in the con­text of Project Ire­land 2040 and the de­vel­op­ment of the Re­gional Spa­tial and Eco­nomic Strate­gies on com­mut­ing pat­terns and en­ter­prise lo­ca­tion”.

The age pro­file of work­ers in Sligo is the third youngest of the West­ern Re­gion.

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