Over the past decade Ireland has witnessed unprecedented economic growth, with growth
figures on average 8 per cent per year, over the 6 years leading to 2000.
A large factor attributing to this growth was Ireland's membership of the E.U., though a
number of other factors are also discussed.
This level of sustained Economic Growth brought with it, changes to both industry and
the labour market, increasing competitiveness within organisation's, reducing
unemployment in the 12 years to 2000, bringing the unemployment rate to an
unprecedented low in 2001 of under 4 per cent. A very tight labour market ensued
towards the end of the 20th century and into early 2001. Facing increased
competitiveness, organisations were now facing employee recruitment and retention
issues with labour turnover rapidly on the increase.
The aim of this dissertation is to create an understanding of how increased Economic
Growth rates may impact on labour turnover. This dissertation begins by assessing
Ireland's growth rate over the past 13 years to 2001, it studies the performance of
Ireland's previously recessionary economy and reasons for the unprecedented growth
phase. Research is conducted into the current Labour Force including, levels of
employment and unemployment and from this current levels of labour turnover are
A number of questionnaires were posted to a cross section of organisations, attempting to
identify whether this increase in labour turnover does correlate with increased levels of
economic activity, and to estimate the impact on at organisational level of labour
This research concludes that yes, there has been an increase in labour turnover in line
with increased economic growth, and the increased economic activity does in-fact
provide a corridor for employees to become more selective and affords employees more
opportunities to change jobs and organisations.