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Action Plan for Jobs 2015 launched

The Government today published the Action Plan for Jobs 2015, the next step in the multi-annual process aimed at delivering full employment by 2018.

Minister Bruton spoke to us about the plan. See what he had to say below:

The Plan is the fourth annual plan in a multi-year process which started in early 2012, and sets out in detail the 382 actions to be taken by 16 Government Departments and over 60 State Agencies during 2015 to support job-creation, with deadlines and lead responsibility assigned. Building on the success of previous plans, the 2015 plan includes six new Disruptive Reforms.

The launch took place at Icon Plc, who today announced a new global innovation hub which will create 200 new jobs in Ireland. 

You can read more about the jobs announcement here.

The 2015 plan was launched today at the global headquarters of ICON plc, an Irish multinational company which employs 11,000 people in 38 countries, including 1000 in Ireland. ICON also announced the creation of 200 innovation jobs which are part-funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

Three years ago in February 2012, at a very different time for employment in Ireland, the Government launched the first Action Plan for Jobs at ICON’s headquarters with a target at that time of delivering an extra 100,000 jobs by 2016, a target which will be delivered upon during 2015, over 12 months early.

Among the headline measures to be delivered in 2015 through the Action Plan for Jobs are: 

  • Regions – Regional Enterprise Strategies to be rolled out shortly across the country – including competitive funding initiatives of up to €25million, aimed at encouraging stakeholders in each region to cooperate to develop projects to support enterprise and job-creation in their area 
  • · Startups – new measures to deliver on ambitious targets for job-creation by start-ups, including a new SURE tax incentive to provide funding for people starting businesses, and a Start Up Gathering to be held in Ireland during 2015 
  • Red tape – cut red tape by reducing the administrative burden of 750,000 business interactions with Government in 2015, and by delivering a streamlined online system for applying for 29 retail licenses in early 2015 
  • Skills – a National Talent Drive, including a 60% increase in the number of ICT graduates from the higher education system by 2018 
  • · Innovation – make Ireland a European leader for intellectual property activities by business – including doubling by 2018 the number of patents, industrial designs registered and other measurable IP activities by businesses in Ireland. Also establishment during 2015 of a National Health Innovation Hub 
  • Energy – Ireland will become Europe’s Energy Innovation Hub by 2020 – by becoming a world leader in key parts of the innovative energy sector we will attract more mobile investment and develop more Irish businesses 
  • Exports – Over 27,000 new jobs in exporting companies during 2015, supported by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Exports by Irish companies supported by EI to hit record €19billion during 2015 
  • Awareness – target increased awareness among business of Government supports available to help them, through a campaign centred around , which will go live shortly 
  • Competitiveness and productivity – measures to support improved competitiveness and productivity, including a €39million fund for businesses to make savings in energy and a new focus by the National Competitiveness Council on concrete measures that can deliver specific improvements 
  • Domestic economy – an increased focus on job-creation in the domestic economy, including measures to support the retail, construction and agriculture sectors

You can find more information about the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 here.

Read the Taoiseach's speech from the launch here.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has said his Department will continue to play a key role in creating jobs. Read more here.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan welcomed the Action Plan for Jobs 2015's actions on the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. Read more here.

Read Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin's comments on improving framework conditions for business here.

Communications Minister Alex White has said that digital and energy jobs will be at the forefront of economic recovery. Read more here. 

Ministers Kelly & Coffey have said that progress under Construction 2020 will drive job creation in the construction sector in 2015. Read more here. 

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has welcomed the Action Plan for Jobs 2015. Read more here.