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Foreign Nationals: PPSN Allocations, Employment and Social Welfare Activity


Year PPSN allocatedAllocations to foreign nationals aged 15 & overNumber with no employment activity 2011-2016Employment activity by year
201375,78034,593 7528,89631,56525,51322,692
201485,69638,097  6235,17237,92130,710
201582,77932,807   5241,85541,620
201694,97843,037    20051,914

23.7% of foreign nationals assigned PPSNs in 2011 had employment activity in Ireland in 2016

Figure 1 Foreign Nationals: Employment Activity of PPSN Allocations in 2011
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Of the 57,946 foreign nationals aged 15 years and over who were assigned PPSNs (Personal Public Service Numbers) in 2011, 13,759 (23.7%) had employment activity at any time during 2016. See table 2.

This data is based upon an annual analysis of records of the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and the CSO, based on foreign nationals who were allocated PPSNs during the period 2002-2016.

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, the term “activity” in this release means any PAYE employment or any engagement with the social welfare system.

 The analysis also shows that:

  • Of the 94,978 foreign nationals aged 15 years and over who were allocated new PPSNs in 2016, 51,914 had employment activity during the year.  See table 2.
  • Employment activity was recorded in 2016 for 410,939 foreign nationals aged 15 years and over who received PPSNs in the period 2002–2016.  See table 4.
  • A total of 67,015 PPSN’s were allocated to foreign nationals in 2011, while in 2016 this number had risen to 107,767. Allocations to foreign national males in 2016 were 58,614 (54.4%), while female allocations were 49,153 (45.6%). Comparable figures for 2011 showed 34,376 (51.3%) male allocations and 32,639 (48.7%) female allocations.  See table 6.