Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (263, 265)

Finian McGrath

Question:

263. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will make every effort to build on the 90,000 local jobs created; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11687/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

The combined wholesale and retail sector in Ireland employs 273,000 people. The sector also supports employment in other related services, such as transport and logistics. The retail sector has a diverse profile, encompassing large international players, some large indigenous companies and a sizeable number of small businesses and franchises, often family owned and owner-managed. It is an employment-intensive sector, and covers every community in the country, creating local jobs.

In recognising the importance of the retail sector to the economy, the 2013 Action Plan for Jobs contains a number of measures aimed at supporting the sector. These include an initiative to increase the number of small businesses trading on-line and an initiative to streamline business licence application procedures. The retail sector has been chosen to pilot the licensing initiative as it is one of the sectors which requires a multiplicity of licences and where the positive impact of streamlining the application process can be realised. The intention is that an integrated licensing application system, incorporating up to 25 licences in the retail sector, will be developed in 2013.

Employers in the retail sector can also avail of the JobsPlus initiative which will provide financial assistance to employers who recruit people who have been out of work for 12 months or more. The Government has also committed, in the Action Plan for Jobs, to establishing an Interdepartmental Group to consider further possible measures to assist the retail sector.

Finian McGrath

Question:

265. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will make every effort to build on the 90,000 local jobs created; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

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