Representation in Ireland

Ireland top in Europe for Employment and Sales Impacts: European Innovation Scoreboard 2019


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Ireland was ranked best in the EU for Employment Impacts and Sales Impacts on the 2019 EU Commission Innovation Scoreboard out today. Ireland is also characterised as a "Strong" innovator, the second highest category out of four (leader/ strong/ moderate / modest).

Ireland came out top in two of the ten areas covered by the European Innovation Scoreboard: Employment Impacts and Sales Impacts. The other areas covered are: Human resources, Attractive research systems, Innovation-friendly environment, Finance and support, Firm investments, SME innovators, Linkages and Intellectual assets.

On Employment Impacts, the Commission said: “Ireland leads this section followed by Malta, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Luxembourg. Countries that score high have strong employment in knowledge-intensive activities and strong employment in fast-growing firms that work in innovative sectors. “

On Sales Impacts, the Commission said: “Ireland is the winner, followed by Germany, the United Kingdom, Slovakia and Cyprus. These countries manage well with medium and high-tech product exports, knowledge-intensive services exports and sales of innovations to businesses and consumers.”

Overall, Ireland was in 10th place on the Scoreboard behind Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France and Germany (table attached).

The report for Ireland says: Employment Impacts, Innovators and Human resources are the strongest innovation dimensions. Ireland scores particularly well on Population with tertiary education, Employment in knowledge-intensive activities, and International scientific co-publication. Intellectual assets, Finance and support, and Linkages are the weakest innovation dimensions. Overall, Ireland’s lowest indicator scores comprise R&D expenditure in the public sector, Private co-funding of public R&D expenditure, and Design applications.”


Graph showing countries' performance

Further information

Sweden is the overall 2019 EU innovation leader, followed by Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands (leaders).

Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom were classified as “strong innovators” performing above or close to the EU average. 

Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain were classed as “moderate innovators” showing an innovation performance below the EU average; 

Bulgaria and Romania are “Modest Innovators” performing well below 50% of the EU average. 

Download the full Commission press release with links to further information: