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CSO figures show that PPSN allocation to non-Irish increased by 13.8 per cent in 2016

Date Published: 19-12-2017

Overall, PPSN allocations to non-Irish nationals across all age groups were 107,767 in 2016. This is an increase of 13,066 (+13.8%) when compared with allocations in 2015. 

Main points

  • Of the 94,978 non-Irish nationalsaged 15 years and over who were allocated Personal Public Service Numbers (PPSN) in 2016, 51,914 had employment activity.
  • A total of 410,939 non-Irish nationals who were assigned PPSNs during the period 2002-2016 recorded some employment during 2016.
  • The largest numbers of non-Irish nationals were employed in:
    • Accommodation and food service activities sector (71,864).
    • Wholesale and retail trade; Repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (60,146)
    • Administrative and support service activities (57,398)
    • Manufacturing (45,560)
    • Information and communication sectors (28,108)
  • The highest number of PPSN allocations by country in 2016 was:
    • United Kingdom (15,917)
    • Romania (11,206)
    • Poland (80,17)
    • Brazil (7,270)
    • Italy (5,535)
  • The social welfare activity rate in year of allocation decreased to 8.9 per cent in 2016 (from 10.8% in 2015).

For more information

Read CSO statistical release

See also Useful statistics: Personal Public Service Numbers (PPSN)

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