I propose to take Questions Nos. 399 and 402 together.
In January, I announced Enterprise Ireland’s End of Year Statement for 2018 which saw Enterprise Ireland (EI) client companies creating 18,896 new jobs in 2018. The fact that almost two thirds of these new jobs were created outside Dublin is particularly encouraging. 2018 also resulted in the highest client employment in the history of the agency with a total of 217,186 people employed in companies supported by EI.
Enterprise Ireland collects employment figures annually via the Annual Employment Survey. Therefore, year to date employment figures for 2019 are not available.
Support to client companies is tailored to meet the individual needs of each client company in order to equip them to succeed in global markets. Every EI client company is assigned a developmental adviser who works with them to identify areas that can be optimised and improved. These areas are addressed, not only through direct financial assistance, but also through a wide range of soft supports, such as mentoring and management development programmes.