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Locating Irish Workers in the British Labour Force Survey

By Henrietta O’Connor and John Goodwin

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This paper was published as Working Paper 25 by the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester. It is also available from http://www.clms.le.ac.uk/research/wpapers.lassoIrish migrant workers still make a significant contribution to the UK labour force, but\ud this contribution is confined to particular occupation and industry groups. This paper\ud begins with a brief review of the literature on Irish workers employment and an argument\ud is developed that the work of Irish-born people in Britain is still both racialised and\ud gendered. Then, using data from the UK Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), the\ud work experiences of over one thousand Irish-born people in the UK are explored as a\ud group and in comparison to UK-born workers. Findings suggest both Irish-born men and\ud women still work in the stereotyped occupations of the past. For example, most women\ud work in public administration and health while twenty six per cent of men work in\ud construction. The majority of Irish-born men work in manual skilled or unskilled jobs.\ud The paper concludes that historically there has been no real qualitative change in the way\ud that Irish-born workers experience employment in the UK

Publisher: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester
Year: 2000
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/8567

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