Regional Job Momentum Must Be Maintained

North Kildare Chamber today (26/08/15) welcomed the latest Quarterly National Household Survey which shows continual growth in employment figures.

Commenting on the Survey’s publication, Allan Shine, CEO of the Chamber in Kildare said “The ongoing reduction in unemployment numbers is very positive and indicates that we are entering a new phase of economic growth.”

“Critically, the latest figures show that job creation has spread to all regions and is no longer limited to our main urban areas. It is furthermore very positive to see how the number of self-employed is growing at a faster rate than employees.”  We are also mindful of sectors of business that are still not experiencing growth, especially the retail sector.

“Increasing the number of indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs is vital to ensuring a sustainable job market which provides local employment opportunities in all our regions. In order to drive this momentum, we urge Government to use Budget 2016 as a tool to make entrepreneurship even more attractive, notably by ensuring that self-employed people no longer are penalised under our tax system.”

With an improving economy and decreasing unemployment figures, addressing the skill shortages that Kildare companies face is high on our agenda.  Shine said, “ We are hosting a breakfast seminar on the 22nd September to address this issue with speakers which include  Minister of State at the Departments of Education and Skills & the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD