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.

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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.

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.  

Forfas Evaluation OF IDA Ireland Capital and Employment Grants

Posted on: June 13th, 2013


The Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation (DJEI) has requested Forfás to undertake an evaluation of enterprise support programmes, funded by DJEI and the Exchequer. The evaluation approach is guided by the Evaluation Framework developed by Forfás for the evaluation of enterprise support programmes. The Framework was informed by an international review conducted by Indecon Consultants, and outlines international best practice regarding the core principles and methodologies required for the evaluation of enterprise support programmes. It provides a common basis for the evaluation of all enterprise support interventions, and is cognisant of common challenges and issues facing enterprise evaluation.

In keeping with the principles of the Framework, programmes are categorised by thematic area, one of which is business development supports. The thematic areas are based on the different focus areas for agency supports and the different evaluation methodologies required to evaluate the different types of programmes. This builds on existing agency practice and facilitates a manageable approach to the evaluations, particularly with regard to agency resources. Following international best practice, the evaluations will be conducted in an independent and informed manner, ensuring the integrity of the evaluation process.

The approach is intended to assist policy makers and enterprise support programme designers to assess the value of policy interventions, achieve continued improvements in the design and implementation of programmes, and strengthen the evaluation culture in enterprise support provision.

The two companies involved in conducting this project are Fitzpatrick Associates, Economic Consultants, and Insight Statistical Consulting.  The firms co-operate frequently on reviews and analyses and evaluation for public bodies.

Higher Education Authority – Eurostudent V

Posted on: March 13th, 2013

Higher_Education_Authority_logoIreland will be participating again in the Eurostudent Survey Project, a European-wide survey on the economic and social conditions of higher education students.  This is the fifth such survey and Ireland has participated in all previous surveys.  Eurostudent IV culminated in the publication of a separate Irish report prepared by Insight Statistical Consulting, and also a European report. 

A range of topics on student life were covered, including travel, accommodation, income, expenditure and student well-being.   We consider this survey to be a very important addition to our understanding of the everyday experiences of higher education students.  The survey is co-ordinated in Europe by the German Federal Ministry of Education.

The Higher Education Authority has commissioned Insight Statistical Consulting again to carry out the Eurostudent V Survey. The data collection phase of this project will commence in Spring 2013 and final reporting will be at the end of 2013. This year we will primarily carry out the survey online.   Again the survey results will lead to the publication of two reports; An Irish Report and the European Report. 

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care in Ireland

Posted on: January 7th, 2013


The landscape of prehospital emergency care in Ireland has matured considerably over the last decade. As EMS practitioner scope of practice has evolved, the profession has quickly changed from one which simply transported patients to hospital as quickly and safely as possible (with limited clinical interventions), to today, where many EMS practitioners are performing advanced emergency airway interventions and administering opiates for the management of acute severe pain in the prehospital environment. The challenge now is to ensure that patients consistently receive the best available care to produce the best outcome, in a cost effective manner. 

A key performance indicator (KPI) is an assessment tool used to monitor and evaluate important governance, management, clinical and support functions that affect patient outcomes. Healthcare quality is the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge. Clinical performance indicators for ambulance services have previously focused primarily on emergency response times, which have not been based on strong evidence. There is, therefore, a compelling argument to develop clinical performance indicators for prehospital emergency care in order to move from indicators based primarily on response times and in light of changing clinical demands on, and the transformation agenda of ambulance services.

Insight Statistical Consulting are engaged in a Delphi process aimed at achieving consensus on particular topics among a group of carefully chosen experts. The process normally involves inviting a panel of experts to complete a questionnaire over two or more rounds, where the question bank evolves subject to agreement between panelists. During each round, panelists anonymously complete a questionnaire (using a standard 5-point Likert scale) and are also given the opportunity to include additional questions (not already present on the questionnaire), which are included in subsequent rounds.