The financial services sector in Ireland is a powerhouse for growth, underpinning and enabling all sectors of our economy.  

There are now more than 8,800 financial services companies operating throughout Ireland  employing over 105,000 people. In addition, many of the 17,000 employees of the professional services firms in Ireland with an accountancy heritage, support the broader financial services sector.


Exemplifying this growth is Ireland’s IFS sector, which began with the IFSC. In 1987, the IFSC employed fewer than 100 people in the Dublin docklands. In 2023, the IFS sector employs over 56,000 people across all regions of the country. In fact, total regional employment accounts for almost 20% of the entire financial services sector workforce, with over one third of financial services operations based outside the capital.


This page highlights some of the faces behind Ireland's global financial services industry.

Network & Learn / Industry-led initiatives

IFS Skillnet supports the sector in maintaining Ireland’s position as a top international financial services centre, through ongoing investment in the development of the skills and expertise of this workforce. The network can benefit your business with improved training performance at higher quality and lower cost, up to 30% off training and 80% off course development. IFS Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies.

To keep informed of upcoming events and courses visit  

Launched in April 2022, Ireland’s Women in Finance Charter means that for the first time ever, financial services companies, supported by the Government, have come together to ensure increased participation of women at all levels of their businesses.

For more information on how to become a Charter signatory please click here


IFS Apprenticeships is a two year, nationally accredited work-based programme that gives employers the opportunities to gain access to a new national talent pool and to upskill and reskill existing employees to improve retention and diversity in your organisation.

For more information please click here