People

Benefacts 2019

The Third Sector in Ireland has at least 163,000 paid employees. This number doesn't include teachers, who are paid directly by government or unpaid volunteers.

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This analysis provides information about the profile of:

  • people working in higher education or for major health and social care organisations ("Section 38"), who are paid as though they were public servants, 
  • employees of nonprofits where Government funding is >50% of turnover
  • employees of all other nonprofits

You are welcome to use any of the material published in this report, so long as you acknowledge Benefacts as the source.

Third Sector employment profiles

The sectors with the greatest numbers of employees are health, social services, education and local development.

Third Sector higher remuneration profile

The majority of higher paid employees work in higher education and in "Section 38"-funded health and social care charities.

Third Sector higher remuneration in context

Aside from public servant equivalents, only 0.83% of people working in Ireland’s Third Sector are highly paid – compared to 13% of people in the rest of the economy. Pensions are the exception not the rule.