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Spanish Nationals: 12,112

There was a 78 per cent increase in the number of Spanish nationals usually resident in Ireland between 2011 (6,794 persons) and 2016 (12,112 persons).

Table 8.1 Population Usually Resident by Nationality and Census Year
 200620112016
Spanish6,0526,79412,112

It's a Fact

  • The Spanish population usually resident in Ireland, increased by the greatest proportion of all nationalities profiled between 2011 and 2016 (78%)

Place of Residence

Over half of all Spanish nationals usually resident in Ireland were living in Dublin city and suburbs in April 2016 (6,341 persons). High concentrations of Spanish nationals can be seen in and around county Dublin, but also around Cork city and suburbs (1,185 persons) and Galway city and suburbs (474 persons).

Figure 8.1 Proportion of Spanish Population Usually Resident in Ireland by Electoral Division, 2016

Age and Sex

The Spanish population living in Ireland was predominantly female (60%) in April 2016, the greatest margin between sexes of any of the nationalities profiled. There were 4,877 Spanish males living in Ireland, while there were over 7,000 Spanish females.

95 per cent of the Spanish population was aged under 50 years.

The age breakdown of Spanish and State population can be seen by clicking an option below:

Table 8.2 Population Usually Resident in the State by Nationality, Average Age, and Census Year
 200620112016
Spanish30.132.132.1
State35.536.137.3

The average age of the Spanish population living in Ireland remained the same between 2011 and 2016 (32.1 years), and was younger than the average age of the usually resident population in 2016 (37.3 years).

Economic Status 

10,998 Spanish nationals were aged 15 years and over and living in Ireland in 2016, of which 76 per cent were at work (8,331 persons). The high proportion of the population at work reflected the young age profile of the population.

Unable to work, retired or other economic statusStudent or pupilLooking after home/familyUnemployed Persons at work
State7042624155553030342940061970728
Spanish19310625698438331

Industry and Occupation

Table 8.3 shows the top three broad industrial groups for the Spanish population at work and usually resident in Ireland in April 2016. 18 per cent of the Spanish population was at work in the information and communication industry (1,459 persons), mainly as programmers, IT support technicians, and customer service assistants. 

Table 8.3 Population Aged 15 Years and Over, at Work, by Nationality, Broad Industrial Group, and Census Year
 Spanish 2011Spanish 2016State 2016
At Work4,4948,3311,970,728
Information and communication activities16%18%4%
Accommodation and food service activities10%10%6%
Education9%9%9%

Table 8.4 shows the top three broad occupational groups for the Spanish population at work. 26 per cent of Spanish nationals were in professional occupations, the highest proportion of any of the ten nationalities profiled to be in this type of occupation.

Table 8.4 Population Aged 15 Years and Over, at Work, by Nationality and Broad Occupational Group, 2016
 SpanishState
At Work8,3311,970,728
Professional Occupations26%19%
Associate Professional and Technical Occupations16%12%
Caring, Leisure and other services11%8%

60 per cent of all Spanish nationals who were in caring, leisure and other services occupations were childminders (571 persons). Furthermore, these Spanish nationals accounted for 3 per cent of all childminders in the State. 

Household

Overall, 68 per cent of the Spanish population usually resident in Ireland, aged 15 years and over, was single (7,469 persons), the highest proportion of all nationalities profiled (Figure 1.7). 85 per cent of all Spanish nationals aged 25 years to 34 years old were single in April 2016 compared with 69 per cent of all 25 to 34-year-olds in the State.

SpanishState
Under 25 years9899
25 - 34 years old8569
35 - 49 years old4929
50 - 64 years old2415
65 years and over1513

It's a Fact

  • Spanish nationals were most likely to live in one-person households. One quarter of households headed by a Spanish national were single person households.