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Outward Foreign Affiliates Statistics


Turnover and number of persons engaged in Irish-owned foreign affiliates, 2014 - 2016
 Turnover (€millions)% Number of persons engaged%
 201412015120162016 201412015120162016
United States54,85958,26371,50237.1 172,478167,896198,66823.2
United Kingdom36,94144,21740,09520.8 95,376103,934106,12612.4
Other countries62,93469,15580,96642.0 477,919506,672551,25564.4
All countries154,734171,635192,563100.0 745,773778,502856,049100.0
1 Outward Foreign Affiliates Statistics were revised for 2014 and 2015

United States and United Kingdom dominate turnover in Irish multinationals abroad

Figure 1 Turnover in Irish-owned foreign affiliates, 2016
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In 2016, Irish multinationals abroad had turnover in excess of €192 billion, with US and UK affiliates accounting for almost 58% of this. There were over 856,000 persons employed in Irish multinationals abroad, 36% of whom were in the US and the UK.

Comparing 2016 to 2015, the turnover in Irish affiliates in the UK decreased by 9.3% while employment increased by 2,192 or 2.1%. Employment in Irish affiliates in the US rose by almost 30,800 or an 18.3% increase, while turnover increased by 22.7%. There was also a rise on 2015 levels in both employment and turnover in Irish multinationals in other countries. See Figures 1 & 2 and Headline table.

Outward Foreign Affiliates Statistics (OFATS) cover the activities of Irish multinationals abroad. The purpose of the survey is to allow analysis of the sectoral and geographical composition of the affiliates controlled by Irish multinationals. Care should be taken when analysing the Outward Foreign Affiliates Statistics as the register of Irish multinationals abroad can be subject to significant change in the short term.

An enterprise is deemed to be Irish owned if over 50% of its controlling interest is in Ireland. The population of foreign affiliates is subject to fluctuation based on international market conditions and the buying and selling of affiliates by Irish multinationals. Any enterprise that redomiciles their controlling operations to Ireland will have a bearing on the results, provided the above criteria are satisfied, as it would from that point be considered an Irish enterprise.

Please click the following link to access details of the methodology used:Compiling Foreign Affiliates Statistics (FATS) (PDF 228KB)