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Detailed Business Sectors

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The business sectors presented in previous chapters have been broken into fifteen more detailed sectors, based on the NACE Rev. 2 sectoral classification. See Appendix 3.

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Active enterprises
Mining & quarrying413
Electricity, gas etc551
Water supply etc1008
Motor trade8827
Wholesale trade13608
Retail trade24160
Transportation & storage24614
Accommodation & food18377
Information & communication14570
Financial & insurance6557
Real estate13249
Professional, scientific etc40452
Administrative & support16495
  • Construction accounted for the largest number of active enterprises with 51,568 enterprises active in 2016 
  • The smallest sectors were Mining & quarrying and Electricity, gas, etc which accounted for just 964 enterprises combined 
Persons engaged
Mining & quarrying4058
Electricity, gas etc9206
Water supply etc8971
Motor trade35801
Wholesale trade100543
Retail trade219713
Transportation & storage97662
Accommodation & food179827
Information & communication95220
Financial & insurance99502
Real estate25744
Professional, scientific etc135887
Administrative & support132644
  • Retail trade accounted for the largest number of persons engaged with almost 220,000 in 2016
  • This was followed by Manufacturing which had just over 213,000 persons engaged 
  • Although Construction accounted for the largest number of active enterprises by sector in 2016, it was only the 6th largest sector for employment with a total of 120,341 persons engaged in 2016
  • Mining & quarrying and Water supply, etc accounted for the lowest number of persons engaged in 2016, with 4,058 and 8,971 persons respectively  
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The CSO Structural Business Surveys are used to analyse the financial data for the detailed sectors. Turnover and Gross Value Added (GVA) are presented in absolute terms. GVA per person engaged gives an indication of the productivity of the detailed sectors, while the profitability of the sectors is also analysed using Gross Operating Surplus (GOS) as a percentage of turnover. The variable GOS is broadly analogous to profit and is the balance available to the enterprise which allows it to provide a return to shareholders, to pay taxes and to finance all or part of its investment.

The Financial and Insurance sector is excluded from this section, while the Other Services Activities sector (NACE Rev.2 - R92, R93, S95 and S96) is included. Accordingly, all the measures below for GVA, GOS and productivity relate to the non-financial business economy only (which encompasses the broad sectors of Industry, Services, Distribution & Construction).

Mining & quarrying 0.6
Electricity gas etc3.9
Water supply etc0.7
Motor trade1.6
Wholesale trade12.1
Retail trade8.5
Transportation & storage8.6
Accomodation & food5.1
Information & communication24.2
Real estate1.7
Professional, scientific etc10.2
Administrative & support16.7
Other services 2
  • The Manufacturing sector generated the largest GVA in the Irish non-financial business economy amounting to €86.6 billion in 2016
  • In 2016 the Information & communication sector provided the second largest contribution to GVA in Ireland (€24.2 billion)
  • The Mining & quarrying sector was the smallest producer of GVA in Ireland in 2016 (€0.6 billion)
GVA per person engaged
Mining & quarrying 139889
Electricity gas etc422078
Water supply etc73391
Motor trade44413
Wholesale trade120322
Retail trade38864
Transportation & storage88011
Accomodation & food28128
Information & communication254257
Real estate66320
Professional, scientific etc74970
Administrative & support125747
Other services 31135
  • The sector that included Electricity, gas, etc generated the highest value added per person engaged in Ireland at €422,078 in 2016
  • Manufacturing was the second largest contributor in Ireland for GVA per person engaged in 2016, amounting to €406,483 per person engaged
  • The lowest recorded GVA per person engaged in Ireland in 2016 was in the Accommodation & food services sector at €28,128 per person engaged
Gross operating surplus as a percentage of turnover
Mining & quarrying23.4
Electricity, gas, etc37.9
Water supply etc17.4
Motor trades 1.2
Wholesale trade 5.2
Retail trade 6.9
Transportation and storage 16.5
Accommodation and food10.6
Information and communication17.8
Real estate activities17.8
Professional, scientific etc7.9
Administrative and support 39.9
Other service activities6.5
  • The Administrative & support sector generated the most Gross Operating Surplus as a percentage of Turnover in 2016 (39.9%) 
  • This was followed by the sector that included Electricity, gas etc which generated 37.9% of Turnover as GOS in 2016
  • The Motor trades sector generated the least Gross Operating Surplus as a percentage of Turnover with just 1.2% in 2016
Show Table: 6.1 Nace Rev.2 detailed sector descriptions

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