New CSO employment figures point to strong economic growth in the first half of the year according to Ibec.
The figures show that annual employment growth was at 2.9% with more than two million people now in employment for the first time since 2008.
Furthermore, migration estimates showed that for the first time since 2009 more people are coming to live in the country than are leaving.
Commenting on the latest numbers, Ibec Director of Policy Fergal O’Brien said, "The upcoming Budget must ensure that we build on the positive momentum in the economy. We need a tax system that is attractive to mobile talent and we must invest much more in infrastructure to strengthen Ireland's credentials as a desirable place to live and work."