Second, Ireland’s human talent—the nation’s young, educated labour force—remains a key attraction, notably among high-productivity sectors and innovation industries like pharmaceuticals and information technology. According to the OECD, Ireland has one of the most educated workforces in the world, with over 50% of workers between the age 25-34 having a third level education qualification, almost 10% higher than the OECD average.
In general, given Corporate America’s constant search for talent (notably with an unemployment rate in the US at just 3.5%), Ireland’s young, well-educated, English-speaking talent pool remains highly valued by US firms. To this point, an estimated 57,000 Irish workers were employed in manufacturing activities of US affiliates in 2020, the last year of available data, with another 90,000 workers employed in service activities. In the end, America’s extended workforce in Ireland is among the largest in all of Europe.