Just over one-third of foreign nationals assigned Personal Public Service (PPS) numbers last year were in employment, new figures show.
The data which is based upon figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), Revenue and the Department of Social Protection, shows that of the 85,724 individuals aged 15 years and over who were allocated PPS numbers in 2014, 29,637 had employment.
Employment activity for foreign nationals granted PPS numbers in the year of arrival rose by 2.5 from 2013 to 2014. However, as the number of allocations increased by 13.1 per cent in the year, the employment activity rate in the year of allocation fell 3.6 percentage points from 38.1 per cent in 2013 to 34.6 per cent last year.
Overall, PPS number allocations to foreign nationals across all age groups totalled 96,167 in 2014. This marks a 12.9 per cent rise on 2013 allocations.
The figures show that from the period 2002 to 2014, a total of 337,150 foreign nationals who had been assigned PPS numbers were in work with the largest numbers employed in the accommodation and food service activities sector.