Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (114)

Bernard J. Durkan


113 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total number of jobs through foreign direct investment created in each of the past three years to date in 2012; the extent to which emerging trends have indicated opportunities for the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34268/12]

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

The figures released by the IDA in its Annual Report 2011 show that there are 145,878 people currently working in IDA client companies, this represents a 4.4% increase on the previous year. In the first six months of 2012 alone, in excess of 5,000 new jobs have been announced by IDA client companies with some of the biggest announcements coming from PayPal, Apple and Mylan. Sectors where growth is particularly strong include consumer services, ICT, life sciences and international financial services. The pharmaceutical sector in particular has seen a number of significant announcements in the first half of 2012 from companies including Eli Lilly, Amgen, Allergan and Mylan; these announcements have been made despite the global challenge of patent expiry in the pharmaceutical sector, which demonstrates Ireland's strong reputation as a hub for the pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical sectors.

The Forfás Annual Employment Survey reports on job gains and losses in companies that are clients of the industrial development agencies. Information is collected annually and aggregated at county level. The survey shows that in the 3 year period 2009 to 2011, there were a total of 25,918 full time jobs created in IDA supported companies. Figures for 2012 will not be available until the end of the year. The attached tabular statement shows the number of jobs created in each of the years 2009 to 2011:

Table showing number of full time new jobs created in IDA Client Companies in the period 2009-2011




New Jobs created




Question No. 114 answered with Question No. 25.