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Jobs Bulletin (#allaboutjobs)

This jobs bulletin is part of the Government’s Year for Jobs Campaign, aimed at increasing awareness of what is being done in Ireland to create jobs & tackle unemployment. On Twitter, follow @yearforjobs or hashtag any of your announcements with #allaboutjobs

Useful statistics

  • 1.9m – People now in work, up 31,600 in Q2 2014 compared to Q2 2013
  • 1.7% – Increase in employment in the last year
  • 11.1% – Current unemployment rate (Sept 2014) down from 15.1% (Feb 2012)
  • 6.8% – Long term unemployment rate (Q2 2014), down from 8.1% (Q2 2013)
  • 254,500 – People unemployed (Q2 2014), down from 300,700 (Q2 2013) from the CSO’s QNHS

Jobs announcements this week

1,460 jobs identified in 8 companies nationwide

  • Dealz, Nationwide, 500 jobs • Discount retailer opening 10 new stores nationwide. 200 seasonal staff also to be recruited in the lead up to Christmas
  • CarTrawler, Dublin (Dundrum), 400 jobs • Car rental business creating jobs in business development, customer operations, data science, finance and engineering
  • Brown Thomas, Dublin, 200 jobs • Fashion retailer hiring 200 extra staff members for the Christmas period. Jobs include Sales Consultants, Sales Support & Cashiers
  • West Pharma, Waterford, 150 jobs • Pharmaceutical company expanding its global manufacturing operations. New site in Waterford will produce packaging components
  • Optel Vision, Limerick, 140 jobs • Canadian manufacturing equipment company creating jobs over 3 years. Setting up an EMEA manufacturing and operations centre in Limerick
  • Qualcom, Dublin, 40 jobs • Roles range from helpdesk operators to project managers. IT & data management solutions company won 15 new deals so far this year
  • Next Generation, Dublin, 20 jobs • Recruitment firm to hire new staff over 6 month period as demand grows for actuaries and data scientists
  • Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford, 10 jobs • Jobs created thanks to €1.6m investment in Enniscorthy premises. These new jobs bring total workforce to 145

JobsIreland News is the Government’s job portal, run by Department of Social Protection.

2,425     New positions advertised this week (22 September – 28 September)

72,171   New positions advertised since the start of 2014

  • Waterford Crystal hires 10 apprentice glass blowers, cutters and engravers for the first time since 1986
  • PwC to create around 800 jobs in the North with a £40m investment to establish a new financial advisory service
  • Facebook to take more office space at Grand Canal Square with plans to hire more staff in the future
  • 140 jobs to go as Beckman Coulter factory (Galway) closes with 80 of its employees offered redeployment at Co. Clare facility


News this week

CSO: Unemployment falls again for 27th month in a row, now at 11.1%

  • People signing on the Live Register fell by 4,700 in September on a seasonally adjusted basis
  • This is the 27th month in a row that the Live Register figures have dropped
  • Unemployment rate now 11.1% and below the euro zone average of 11.5%

 Employment and Youth Activation Charter launched this week

  • New initiative was launched during ‘Jobs Week’, with a number of leading employers signing the new charter
  • Employers pledge at least 50% of candidates considered at interview will be taken from the Live Register
  • Other commitments include job sampling tours, speaking at Job Clubs and internship work
  • Charter developed by Labour Market Council, a group of industry experts that help drive the Government’s Pathways to Work strategy to tackle unemployment

 Ireland above average for SMEs, according to EU Commission

  • Ireland scores above the EU average in eight of nine policy measures for supporting SMEs, according to the European Commission
  • Ireland scores well for friendly business environment, efficient administration and entrepreneurial business culture
  • Area that needs continued support is ensuring strong access to finance

 Skillnets exceeds expectations, according to independent report

  • Skillnets, a state funded support body for training and upskilling, has exceeded its Governmental targets for 2013
  • Just over 48,000 Jobseekers Support Programme training days were provided to around 3,000 trainees (4% ahead of Skillnets’ target) all within budget with 47% of Jobseekers Support Programme trainees progressing into employment

Employers optimistic ahead of 2015 – CPL Employment Market Monitor

  • 53% of employers are recruiting as their operations are expanding , according to CPL
  • 1 in 3 employers have used a government initiative to hire in the last 12 months, such as JobsPlus
  • 70% of employers say they would hire someone in their 20s over other age groups

Sharpest rise in new business since May 2006 – Investec  Services Purchasing Managers’ Index

  • September saw further strong improvements in Irish services, driven by fastest expansion in new business in 8 years
  • Almost 60% of businesses forecast rise in activity over next 12 months, linked to general confidence in the economy and expectations of new order growth – growth of new export orders also accelerated during September
  • Manufacturing PMI also growing: At 55.7 in September, slightly down from August’s 15-year high of 57.3, but is the 16th straight month of growth

Almost 75% of tourism businesses upbeat about 2014 business performance

  • Business sentiment at a level not seen since the Celtic Tiger years, according to Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer
  • 79% of accommodation providers report increase in visitor volumes this year, compared to the same time last year
  • 72% of restaurants report their overseas visitor volumes to be up on 2013
  • While, new CSO figures show domestic trips have gone up 5.2% in Q2 2014, an increase of 5.2% compared to the same time last year

New joint visa initiative launched between Ireland and the UK

  • The British Irish Visa Scheme will allow for travel to and around the Common Travel Area (CTA) on a single visa
  • Presently, many overseas tourists and business visitors who wish to visit both Ireland and the UK, including Northern Ireland, need separate visas
  • First phase of the scheme is being commenced in China and India this autumn

Upcoming Jobs Events

Taking Care of Business: Over 30 State bodies available to give info and advice on services for business (16 October)

Make the Link events organised by Galway Rural Development for jobseekers (3–30 October)

GradIreland Graduate Careers Fair: Simmonscourt, RDS (8 October)

Fingal Enterprise Week organised by Fingal LEO for new and growing businesses (6-10 October)

Meet BAM: networking events connect local supplies to the preferred bidder on the Schools PPP Bundle 4 programme (organised by Enterprise Ireland & National Development Finance Agency) (7 & 16 October)

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