Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Questions (104)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

99 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the extent to which he and or his Department have monitored the number of jobs created on a monthly basis across the economy in each of the past two years to date; the extent of jobs lost for whatever cause in the same period; the degree to which he can address the negative issues and capitalise on the positive with the objective of maximising job opportunities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4404/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)

Data on the levels of employment in the economy is compiled by the Central Statistics Office on a quarterly basis through their Quarterly National Household Survey. This survey measures the total numbers in employment and the total number of people unemployed each quarter and records the net annual change in these categories.

Figures in respect of the number of jobs created or lost in firms assisted by the enterprise development agencies, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Shannon Development, are compiled annually by Forfás and published in the agency's Annual Employment Survey. Details of the number of jobs created in agency-assisted companies in 2009 and 2010 set out on Table 1. These are the last two years for which complete information is available.

Full data for 2011 will not be available until later this year. However, the IDA has already indicated that it supported the creation of 13,000 new jobs in 2011 and the number of jobs lost in its client companies decreased, resulting in a net increase of over 6,000 jobs. Enterprise Ireland has indicated that employment in its client companies stabilised last year.

Building on these positive results, I am currently finalising an Action Plan for Jobs for Government approval which will set out a series of clear actionable measures across Government to support the creation and retention of jobs across the economy. As well as setting out specific measures to support jobs growth, the Action Plan will seek to address key factors which can act as obstacles to job creation and retention. These include issues such as costs of doing business, access to finance, administrative burdens on business, the need to improve company capability and access to new markets.

Table 1 — Full Time Job Gains/Losses in Enterprise Development Agencies

2009

2010

Job Gains

14,272

17,582

Job Losses

45,927

23,704

Net change

-31,655

-6,122

Source: Forfás Annual Employment Survey

Question No. 100 answered with Question No. 29.