Government claims progress on job creation

Friday 01 February 2013 19.44
Richard Bruton said there were signs of progress in the jobs market
Richard Bruton said there were signs of progress in the jobs market

A report out today says the vast bulk of planned measures to boost employment committed to by Government departments have been implemented.

The fourth progress report on the Action Plan for Jobs says that 249 out of 270 measures have been put in place.

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said there were signs of progress in the employment market, including net growth of almost 12,000 jobs in the private sector in the past year.

The minister also noted net growth of more than 15,000 jobs in the export sector since 2011.

He said the economy was going through a difficult transition from one built on debt and construction to one built on enterprise and job creation.

Speaking at the launch, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said one third of the actions that had not been delivered on time related to legislation aimed at enhancing the job creation environment.

He told reporters the Government was clearly not satisfied that measures due for delivery had not been put in place.

Mr Kenny said there was a long way to go, but there had been good progress on the jobs front.

The measures being outlined had produced positive results as part of the Government's efforts to provide 100,000 net new jobs by 2016, he insisted.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said it was now generally accepted across the world that Ireland was a good country in which to invest.

But it is still necessary to encourage the domestic jobs market by implementing measures such as those being put in place in the plan, he said.