Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (309)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

309. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the extent to which job creation through enterprise and innovation continues notwithstanding competition by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50413/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Government has a new plan - Future Jobs Ireland - to ensure we are preparing now for the jobs of the future. While the economy is performing well with strong employment and wage growth, we cannot be complacent. In the past we took success for granted and failed to prepare for emerging challenges, trends and opportunities. It is my priority as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to see more jobs created in the regions. Regional development is a key priority for this Government and it is important that the value of collaboration and the work by the development agencies, which has yielded strong jobs results in recent years, must be complimented by a bottom-up approach in providing critical business supports and advice.

Enterprise Ireland’s results for 2018 show the progress that the Agency has been making in driving enterprise development at a national and regional level. Enterprise Ireland assisted client companies created 18,846 jobs in 2018 and 64% of the jobs created were outside Dublin with all regions recording increases in employment. There were 215,207 people employed by Enterprise Ireland client companies in 2018, the highest total employment in the history of the Agency. Table 1 following breaks down the number of people employed in Enterprise Ireland client companies in 2018 by county.

The IDA’s results for 2018 demonstrate the progress we have been making in encouraging regional investment. Last year, 56% of all new jobs created by the Agency’s overseas clients were in locations outside Dublin. Every region in the country saw FDI-driven job gains. There are now over 132,000 people employed in IDA client firms outside the capital, representing nearly 60% (58%) of IDA-supported employment. These are all promising figures and show how real strides have been made in boosting FDI-related job creation across Ireland. Table 2 following breaks down the number of people employed in IDA Ireland client companies in 2018 by county.

In 2018 the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) supported clients increased employment by 8,007 gross new jobs which resulted in 3,656 net jobs being created across the LEO client portfolio bring the total number employed to 36,666. Also, in 2018, the LEOs provided training to 34,907 participants. Of these, 3,944 participants took part in the LEO-run ‘Start Your Own Business’ programmes. Table 3 following breaks down the number of people employed in LEO supported enterprises in 2018 by county.

The Government will continue to do our utmost to reinforce and strengthen these positive trends and to further job creation across the entirety of the country.

Table 1

EI Jobs by County

2018

Carlow

3,221

Cavan

5,842

Clare

4,102

Cork

23,902

Donegal

3,818

Dublin

76,815

Galway

8,091

Kerry

4,727

Kildare

8,923

Kilkenny

4,549

Laois

1,527

Leitrim

607

Limerick

9,553

Longford

2,979

Louth

5,923

Mayo

4,692

Meath

7,135

Monaghan

5,626

Offaly

4,307

Roscommon

1,764

Sligo

1,916

Tipperary

5,921

Waterford

6,849

Westmeath

3,536

Wexford

4,674

Wicklow

4,208

Total

215,207

Table 2

IDA Jobs by County

2018

Cavan

1,096

Donegal

3,564

Leitrim

909

Louth

3,903

Monaghan

162

Sligo

2,251

Dublin

96,760

Kildare

8,838

Meath

1,632

Wicklow

2,618

Laois

122

Longford

900

Offaly

1,232

Westmeath

3,466

Clare

6,948

Limerick

11,796

Carlow

1,150

Kilkenny

711

Tipperary

3,720

Waterford

7,064

Wexford

3,139

Cork

38,867

Kerry

2,241

Galway

19,969

Mayo

4,828

Roscommon

1,171

Total

229,057

Table 3

LEO Jobs by County

2018

Carlow

1,153

Cavan

1,374

Clare

1,270

Cork city

810

Cork South

1,393

Cork West/North

957

Donegal

1,294

Dublin City

1,736

Dublin DLR

1,695

Dublin Fingal

1,031

Dublin South

1,491

Galway County/City

1,116

Kerry

1,295

Kildare

1,239

Kilkenny

1,257

Laois

635

Leitrim

437

Limerick

1,926

Longford

1,195

Louth

982

Mayo

1,224

Meath

1,255

Monaghan

1,164

Offaly

1,063

Roscommon

857

Sligo

920

Tipperary

1,295

Waterford

1,447

Westmeath

1,172

Wexford

1,308

Wicklow

675

Total

36,666