Journal of Labor Research

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 52–78 | Cite as

Immigrants and Employer-provided Training

  • Alan BarrettEmail author
  • Séamus McGuinness
  • Martin O’Brien
  • Philip O’Connell


Much has been written about the labour market outcomes for immigrants in their host countries, particularly with regard to earnings, employment and occupational attainment. However, much less attention has been paid to the question of whether immigrants are as likely to receive employer-provided training relative to comparable natives. As such training should be crucial in determining the labour market success of immigrants in the long run it is a critically important question. Using data from a large-scale survey of employees in Ireland, we find that immigrants are less likely to receive training from employers, with immigrants from the New Member States of the EU experiencing a particular disadvantage. The immigrant training disadvantage arises in part from a failure on the part of immigrants to get employed by training-oriented firms. However, they also experience a training disadvantage relative to natives within firms where less training is provided.


Immigrants Employer-provided training Ireland 

JEL Classification

J24 J61 


We would like to acknowledge the funding provided by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences under the Government of Ireland Thematic Research Project Grants Scheme. We would also like to acknowledge helpful comments from two anonymous referees and the Editor. The usual disclaimer applies. Any views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of the ESRI or CBI


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Barrett
    • 1
    Email author
  • Séamus McGuinness
    • 1
  • Martin O’Brien
    • 2
  • Philip O’Connell
    • 1
  1. 1.Economic and Social Research InstituteDublin 2Ireland
  2. 2.Central Bank of Ireland (CBI)Dublin 2Ireland

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