Annual Business Survey of Economic Impact 2016

Posted on: May 15th, 2017


Growth in exports to the UK slowed from 12% in 2015 to 2% last year in companies supported by state body Enterprise Ireland according to research conducted by Insight Statistical Consulting.

Overall sales globally grew by 6% last year to €21.6 billion.

“The fact that the growth of exports to the UK have slowed suggests that the impact of Brexit on Irish companies has already started,” commented Julie Sinnamon, the chief executive of Enterprise Ireland.

The slowdown in growth to Britain was largely caused by a small decline in food exports.

Sales to UK have also been affected by a drop in sterling.

While the volume of goods sold to the UK is up, the amount of money exporters received fell due to the drop in sterling. The British pound dropped significantly after the Brexit referendum last June.

More information below…

Next R-Project Training Course – May 24/25/26, 2017

Posted on: April 12th, 2017


R Training Course NEW DATES

24th, 25th & 26th of May, 2017

Venue:IPA, Institute of Public Administration, 57-61 Lansdowne Rd, Dublin 4


Day 1: Wednesday – Introduction to R Course
09.00-10.30 Introduction to R
11.00-12.30 Data manipulation with R
13.30-14.00 Q&A session
14.00-15.00 Basic statistics
15.30-17.00 Graphics in R

Day 2: Thursday – Advanced R Course
09.00-09.30 Re-cap/summary of introductory course day 1
09.30-11.00 Statistical Analysis and Modelling with R
11.30-12.30 Multivariate Models (Dimension reduction methods, Cluster Analysis)
13.30-14.00 Q&A session
14.00-15.00 Classification methods
15.30-17.00 Advanced Modelling in R

Day 3: Friday – New Developments in R
09.00-09.30 Re-cap/summary of intermediate/advanced course day 2
09.30-10.30 New data manipulation packages (tidyr, dplyr, and magritte)
11.00-12.30 Dynamic Document Creation (R Markdown, knitr)
13.30-14.00 Q&A session
14.00-15.00 Modern R Graphics (ggplot2, GGally, gridExtra, ggvis)
15.30-17.00 Database access and large datasets in R

Academic Rate (Full Time Lecturers and Students)

€ 300 Each Day

Business Rate

€ 400 Each Day

Background to R
R is an extraordinary resource for statistics and data analysis, maintained and supported by a wide range of researchers worldwide. R is a language with its own grammar, vocabulary, phrases, and literature. Like any language, it can be extremely powerful for you once you have mastered a few fundamentals.

The first day’s course introduces you to R, how to work with data in R, carry out basic analyses and draw graphics.
The second day covers statistical modelling in R and shows you how to take advantage of R’s more advanced features, especially R’s add-on packages, which give you access to an unlimited collection of models and algorithms.
The third day you can learn how R is changing and developing, becoming both easier to use and more powerful, with its new tools for data manipulation, reproducible research, graphics, and database connections.

All three days can be taken separately, or together. Depending on your requirements and R experience, we would recommend that users with some experience of R should take Day 2 and 3 together.

Attendees should be computer literate, mathematically able, and ideally have some knowledge of statistics and experience of working with data.

Attend the courses and join the R community!
These courses are organised by Insight Statistical Consulting and will be conducted by experienced R practitioners.

The Course Team:

Dr. Louis Aslett
completed his PhD in Mathematical Statistics from Trinity College Dublin in 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University. Before that he spent 4 years in a purely research role in Chris Holmes’ group at the University of Oxford and as Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College. He works on statistical computation for complex likelihood based inference problems, as well as privacy preserving statistical methods. He is author of several R packages and is also the maintainer of freely available RStudio server AMIs for easy and rapid deployment of R into the Amazon cloud service

Prof. Antony Unwin
Director of Insight Statistical Consulting and Professor of Computer Oriented Statistics and Data Analysis at the University of Augsburg in Germany. Formerly he lectured at Trinity College Dublin. His group has developed packages for R, including extract and iplots. He has used R extensively and organized seminars on R packages. He is coauthor of ‘Graphics of Large Data Sets’, co-edited the ‘Handbook of Data Visualization’ and is author of the book “Graphical Data Analysis with R” (CRC Press the R Series).

Please contact us if you have any further queries or would like to receive a registration form via email.  Alternatively phone Angela Moser or Olivier Foubert @ 01 6612467.

Over 900 jobs recorded in Irish spin-out tech firms last year

Posted on: June 27th, 2016


Knowledge Transfer Ireland, the State-funded central technology transfer office established in 2014, has said 930 jobs were recorded in Irish spin-out companies last year according to research carried out by Insight Statistical Consulting.

The body, which manages the €22.8 million Enterprise Ireland technology transfer strengthening initiative funding programme, published its annual report yesterday. The report shows 1,235 collaborative research programmes between industry and research- performing organisations were under way at the end of 2015.

Last year saw 31 new spin- out companies being formed, bringing the number of such firms that are active and have been incorporated for at least three years, to 111.

The annual report shows a 27 per cent jump in new products as a result of licences from research-performing organisations. In addition, 597 contract service agreements and 372 consultancy contracts were signed in 2015.

Knowledge Transfer Ireland director Dr Alison Campbell said Ireland had a higher number of registered technology transfer professionals than any other country.

“In 2015 we saw a significant rise in the level of research commercialisation coming from Irish research-performing organisations known as RPOs. This is evident across a number of key areas that include collaborative research for R&D, the licensing of novel intellectual property and the creation of new ventures, all of which are designed to drive business innovation and competitiveness,” said Dr Campbell.

Annual Business Survey of Economic Impact

Posted on: October 12th, 2015


The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI, formerly through Forfás), conducts an Annual Business Survey of Economic Impact (ABSEI) with client companies of the three development agencies (IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta) with 10 or more employees.

The aim of the survey is to provide vital economic information on Irish and Foreign enterprises in terms of their output and their expenditure in the Irish economy, i.e. sales & exports, payroll, material & services expenditure (including proportion from Ireland), corporation tax, research & development and training.

The economic contribution of these agency-assisted firms are presented in an aggregated time series and tracked over time. The data on individual companies are also used by the agencies in their day-to-day working relationship with their clients.

Insight Statistical Consulting have been selected to conduct the ABSEI for the forthcoming two years covering agency-assisted firms’ performance in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Graphical Data Analysis with R – Antony Unwin

Posted on: September 10th, 2015


On May 20, 2015 Chapman and Hall/CRC published “Graphical Data Analysis with R” by Antony Unwin (ISBN 9781498715232) as part of The R Series.

Graphical data analysis means using graphics to discover and present information in datasets. This book discusses the role graphics play in analysis and how they can complement and support statistical modelling.

Graphical data analysis is useful for data cleaning, exploring data, identifying trends and clusters, spotting local patterns, evaluating modeling output, and presenting results. It is essential for exploratory data analysis and data mining. R’s flexibility and its range of visualization tools make it an excellent software for graphical analysis.

Prof. Antony Unwin – Antony is a Director of Insight Statistical Consulting and professor of computer-oriented statistics and data analysis at the University of Augsburg (formerly he lectured at Trinity College Dublin). He is a fellow of the American Statistical Society, co-author of Graphics of Large Datasets, and co-editor of the Handbook of Data Visualization. His research focuses on data visualisation, especially in interactive graphics. His research group has developed several pieces of interactive graphics software and written packages for R.

The Academic Profession in Ireland

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015

A new publication entitled “The Academic Profession in Ireland” was released in May 2015 with authors Marie Clarke, David Harmon, Jonathan Drennan, Abbey Hyde and Yurgos Politis.

This study examined the nature and extent of the changes experienced by the academic profession in Ireland in recent years. The report outlines current characteristics of the academic profession — those who teach and / or research — providing a profile of academics in Ireland. Three themes are investigated, the professional contexts of Irish academics, their teaching and research situations and their experiences of governance and management within their institutions.

A copy of the publication can be downloaded here.

Minister launches results of National Employer Survey 2015

Posted on: May 18th, 2015


The National Employer Survey, completed in Q4 2014 by Insight Statistical Consulting, has shown that employers are very satisfied with graduate recruits across a range of personal and workplace attributes, including computer and technical literacy, working effectively with others and numeracy/processing numerical data.

Launching the results of the survey, Minister English said: “I am particularly pleased to note the high level of satisfaction that employers express across a range of graduate attributes, with satisfaction rates reaching over 90% in some areas.”

Overall satisfaction with higher education graduates workplace attributes was 72% and personal attributes 87%. For further education and training graduates, overall satisfaction with workplace attributes was 82% and personal attributes 90%.

The satisfaction rates for personal and work place attributes of graduates are particularly high for large and foreign owned businesses.

The National Employer Survey is a joint project undertaken by the Higher Education Authority, Quality and Qualifications Ireland and SOLAS which aims to ascertain employers’ views on the overall quality of recent further education and higher education graduates, any challenges in filling graduate vacancies, the factors considered in recruiting graduates and collaboration between business and educational institutions.


In terms of recruitment, Engineering was the most prominent single discipline among foreign companies (63%), manufacturing (59%) and large (63%) employer organisations, while graduates from Business and Law were also prominent among indigenous (43%), service (45%) and large (50%) employer organisations.

Commenting on the survey results, Minister English said “I am also pleased to see that three quarters of foreign employers feel that there will be an adequate supply of graduates in the next three to five years. This is a great vote of confidence in Ireland and our education and training providers.”

The survey results indicate that collaboration between education and industry is high at around 70% of all respondents. However, foreign owned businesses show a higher level of collaboration with education institutions at 79% compared to indigenous employers at 68%. The size of the organisation also appeared to influence this proportion in that larger organisations had a higher collaboration rate at 82% compared to 61% for small organisations. Work placements were the most popular form of collaboration between employers and education and training providers.

Lower rates of satisfaction were recorded for graduate attributes related to business acumen, entrepreneurship and foreign languages. The Government has already put in place measures to address these areas including the inclusion of work placements on over 90% of Springboard+ courses, an increased focus on employer engagement with the development of Regional Skills Fora underway and a Foreign Languages in Education Strategy being developed.

Responses to the survey came from 383 organisations that had recruited between them 9,344 recent graduates from the higher education and further education sectors, accounting for an estimated 12% of total graduate recruitment during the past two years.

Exports by Irish companies hit all-time high of €18.6 billion following 10% increase

Posted on: April 30th, 2015



Exports by Irish companies increased by 10% during 2014 to hit an all-time high of €18.6billion, the Government announced today from research conducted on behalf of Enterprise Ireland by Insight Statistical Consulting (Thursday 30th April, 2015).

This follows an increase in activity of 10 per cent, with growth recorded in all markets and across all sectors.

Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon: “These results are reflected in the record jobs performance by Enterprise Ireland clients in 2014 [who have] recorded the highest net job gains in the history of the agency and further validate Enterprise Ireland’s investment in indigenous industry”.

Exports now account for 51 per cent of total sales by companies supported by the agency, compared with 42 per cent in 2004.

Total exports by its clients have increased steadily from €8.5 billion in 2004 to €18.6 billion in 2014 and are on course to hit target of €22 billion in 2016, it said.

The largest increase was in the software sector, which climbed 19 per cent, followed by exports in the construction sector and then the life sciences manufacturing industry.

Demand growth was the highest in the Latin America and Asia Pacific regions, which were up 42 per cent and 25 per cent respectively. UK demand for Irish goods was up 9 per cent to a record €6.8 billion.

National Employer Survey on Graduates in Ireland 2014

Posted on: November 14th, 2014

The National Employer Survey on Graduates in Ireland 2014 is a partnership between the Higher Education Authority (HEA); SOLAS – the Further Education & Training Authority and Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI), with the online survey being conducted by Insight Statistical Consulting.

The first to have been undertaken on this scale, the survey will provide a snapshot of employer opinion with the results helping to inform policy direction in further and higher education. It offers employers the opportunity to have their say on the quality and employability of Irish graduates as well as to shape the future as Ireland strives towards economic recovery. All respondents will receive a summary of the results in advance of a detailed report which will be published in the coming months.  Please contact lead researcher, David Harmon, for any further information.

Coding of Socio-economic Data from New Entrants to Higher Education

Posted on: November 6th, 2013


Insight Statistical Consulting was selected to undertake the socio-economic data from new entrants to Higher Education in Ireland for 2013/14/15. 

Promoting the attainment of equality of opportunity in higher education is one of the main functions of the Higher Education Authority.  A National Office for Equity of Access to Higher Education (National Access Office) was established in the HEA in 2003.  The role of this office is to co-ordinate and advise national policy and funding measures facilitating greater educational access and opportunity for groups who are under-represented in higher education – those who are disadvantaged socially, economically and culturally, mature students and students with a disability.

The National Access Office works with all publicly-funded HEIs as well as the education system more broadly, and is currently implementing a second national strategy (2008-2013) to achieve equity of access to higher education.

A key element of the work of the National Office is monitoring and reporting on progress in implementing the action plan and the achievement of set targets and outcomes.  This work is underpinned by the collection of comprehensive information on access to higher education by students from under-represented groups. The HEA agreed with HEIs that in 2007 and subsequent years that additional data be gathered on the access and participation by under-represented students in higher education.  This information is provided to the HEA as part of the annual return for the HEA Student Record System (SRS) which is administered by the Statistics Section.

The information is gathered from new entrants to higher education as part of the annual student registration process of each HEI.  The paper-based or on-line registration system of each institution includes additional questions on disability status and on socio-economic and cultural background.