The Irish are on top in terms of education, health, income and job creation, according to an official survey published today.
The survey, by the Institute of Public Policy, found that Ireland’s education system is the most highly educated in the world, and that it is among the world’s most equitable societies.
Education Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, said the survey showed that the country is doing a great job of providing quality education for all its citizens.
“The number of students studying at the top of the OECD list is a staggering 2.5 million, or just over 10% of the population,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
“There are also a growing number of people working in our education system, and they have the skills, the experience and the drive to help us get there.
Ms Fitzgerald added that Ireland is one of the best places in the OECD to live and work.”
In fact, the most educated people in Ireland are working in the tourism sector, the hospitality sector and the construction industry.
In fact Ireland is also a highly educated country with the highest proportion of students completing a Bachelor’s Degree (25%) in English, and the highest number of university graduates in the EU (39%).
“Our people are more likely to be well educated than most countries in the European Union, and we also have a high proportion of people with a tertiary qualification.
Irish people are doing a good job, with high levels of self-employment, high levels in self-education, high proportions of people in employment and high levels working from home.
They are very skilled at making things happen, and I’m delighted to see that they are doing so.”
The study also showed that there were 1.7 million more people in work, up from 1.1 million a year ago.
This figure represents about one quarter of the increase in employment between 2008 and 2011, with the total employment rate up to 62%.
“We’ve seen an increase in the number of young people getting into work over the last five years, but it is the young people who are really driving this increase,” Ms Fitz said.
“They are the ones who have been able to work for a long time, have an educated and skilled workforce and have a good understanding of their options.
That means they are less likely to want to leave and they are more inclined to stay in the workforce.”
There are now about 1.4 million more unemployed people than at the end of 2011, a rise of 1.6 million, which is a rise that is more than three times the number who were unemployed in the early 1990s.
Despite the higher number of unemployed people, Ms Fitzgerald acknowledged that it was still far from the numbers predicted in her party’s manifesto, which would see the number on the dole rise to 3 million by 2027.
She said the latest figures showed that while there is a lot of work to do to bring unemployment down, it is an achievable goal.
“There is a huge gap between the unemployment rate and the economic situation and the Government is making sure we have a plan for that, which will deliver real jobs for the people of Ireland,” Ms Byrne said.
“That means people who need help, and those who are on the brink of the doldrums.
Ireland has a strong economy, it has the most efficient social security system, the lowest level of public sector debt and the lowest rates of debt in the G7.
It is a country of high mobility and a country that has a great deal of talent in the public sector.””
We need to be proud of our achievements in terms the number in work and the number out of work, and in particular the success of the apprenticeship scheme.”
The government also plans to build on the progress of the country’s successful apprenticeship programme, which has seen almost 1,000 apprenticeships created and up to 8,000 people signed up to join the ranks of the highly skilled.
“We have invested over $1 billion to help thousands of apprentices learn the skills that will help them work and live in Ireland.
We have also invested in our public transport network, the education system and the housing sector, and it is all going in the right direction,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.