Despite Ireland’s strong economic growth over the last few years, a new survey from Royal London has found that 46% of Irish people still regard money as their biggest source of worry – a 9% increase on the survey findings last year.
In terms of people’s primary worries, the overall survey responses were:
The survey also tracked primary areas of focus:
|Health related - get in better shape/get fit||32%||37%||40%|
|Career related - Get a job/get promoted/get pay rise||23%||26%||21%|
|Travel related - see more of the world/move abroad||17%||13%||13%|
|Family related - start a family/grow my family||13%||10%||12%|
|Property related - move house/buy a house/rent a house||9%||8%||9%|
|Love related - find love/getting engaged/get married||6%||6%||5%|
“Within this element of the survey, health emerges as a number one focus for people, as it did in 2017, but there is a noticeably steady decline year on year.
“Travel seems to be growing in popularity with 17% saying that it’s a major focus this year. This increase might be down to the fact that people’s disposable incomes have grown in recent years* . Although it’s interesting that money is still the biggest worry. Another interesting statistic is that people’s focus on their career is down to 23% compared to 26% in 2017, while work itself has become more of a worry. There’s increased focus on starting/growing a family, up from 10% in 2017 to 13% in 2018. Indeed, this aligns with recent CSO figures which indicate the number of families in Ireland has increased by 3.3% from 2011-2016** .”
Other findings reveal that males are more focused on family than their female counterparts, and that people in Dublin put a greater focus on property than the rest of the country.
Other findings included:
- The percentage of people looking for love over the years has remained steady moving just 1% from 5% in 2016 to 6% in the years following.
- Those who aren’t married are more likely to focus on their career, as are those in the 18 – 34 year old age group.
- Females are more focused than males on health – and interestingly those who are married are also more concerned with this.
- Loneliness is an issue for more than approximately 1 in 10 of those who are not married and also those aged over 55.
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