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    Default 2014 jobs announcements: is this the beginning of the end of the great recession?

    Is the biblical seven lean years over? Have we hit the bottom on unemployment?
    This is the year that Ireland is officially being declared to be out of danger so it's going to be worth while following what's happening with employment.
    Some 628 new jobs have been announced by several companies planning to expand their Irish operations in the coming year.Convenience store chain Centra said it planned to add 20 new shops to its Irish network this year.
    The move, coming on the back of a 3.5 per cent jump in sales last year, will create 400 positions, managing director Martin Kelleher said.
    “Buoyed by our sales performance, our retail partners also invested over €7 million in new stores, extensions and refurbishments with 20 new stores and adding 45,000 square feet of additional retail space,” he said.
    With an existing 465 stores, Centra already employs almost 10,000 people.
    Separately, Rossport Pharmaceutical is to create 138 new posts at its e-cigarette assembly plant in the Gaeltacht area of Cornamona, close to the Galway-Mayo border.
    E-cigarettes, which are battery powered and contain a cartridge filled with nicotine that has been dissolved in water, are not subject currently to the same regulatory controls as cigarettes.
    The new jobs are supported by the regional authority Údarás na Gaeltachta.
    Elsewhere, Alexion Pharmaceuticals said it was creating 40 positions with the opening of a vialling facility in Athlone. The investment is being backed by the taxpayer through State investment agency IDA Ireland.
    The facility will be located in two buildings on Alkermes site in Athlone, which Alexion has purchased from Alkermes. The buildings, originally part of the Elan Drug Technologies business, had not been in operation for an extended period of time.
    http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...lans-1.1677589
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    Call me a cynic but 628 jobs! Why not 627 or 629. It's like that sketch where the civil servants are sitting around the table and scratching their heads trying to comes up with some numbers for the minister -1234 is a good number or 999.
    Centra creating 20 new shops which will result in 400 new jobs is stretching credulity a bit far. The rest of the jobs are UDaras and IDA sponsored. Pretend jobs that will last for the duration of the grant.

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    No offense to people who work in Centra (I used to work in McDonalds) but these are not exactly top quality jobs either in terms of pay, hours or conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengoddess View Post
    We're feeling better about our financial prospects, but as yet have no actual improvement in our personal financial position.

    In other words if we continue to get positive news on the jobs/economy front we're more likely than we were this time last year to open our purse strings or had you some other questions in mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    No offense to people who work in Centra (I used to work in McDonalds) but these are not exactly top quality jobs either in terms of pay, hours or conditions.
    As a start, a job is a job, worry about improving your position once you're working would be my idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengoddess View Post
    What I'm hearing is that the spin is cheering people up, but the reality is that they are getting to be worse off.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Well, all increases in numbers of jobs offered is good; lower numbers on the Dole mean fewer cuts next year. On the downside, I don't like the look of the stock markets at the moment; not conducive to continued job creation.
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    There will be more cuts if less people are on the dole, because if more people found a mac job scambridge or have emigrated that means there are less people to notice. I would expect more cuts to young people's dole in 2015 or 2017 either side of the next 2 elections.

    You're effectively saying morticia it's a good thing we have the safety valves of emigration and the depressing of working conditions. No surprise from the poster who favoured dole cuts for young people over more income tax for middle class earners I suppose. Class interest and all that. Don't have to be a socialist to know it exists.

    There is reasonable paying temporary work too but it means less security in employment and a massaging of the 'jobs created' figures. In 2014 I so far represent 2 jobs created-soon to be 3 with my extra part time farm sales work. Seasonal and temp work is often the same person taking omne job to the next to tide them over via agencies or their usual seasonal numbers and this leads to such spin as '3'000 jobs a month'.

    We need a minimum living wage of 12 euro an hour and a hiking in income tax across the board proportionate to income, especially on the haves and those playing the 'squeezed middle' poor mouth card. Working men and women have taken a 40% pay cut. Time for a restoration of previous pay levels to boost the economy and to give us the chance to both raise state revenue and people's livelihoods simultaenously.
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    No, I don't think so. Firstly, if they could get 100,000 off the Dole they'd save a billion in direct payments, probably more as people would be taxable and also be spending more. The minute the books balance, more cuts become infeasible as elections are approaching and ideologically, people won't take it. And as for any other cuts to those already in mortgage default or struggling with repayments, that'll bring the bank debts down on our heads and only make things worse. Total own goal. And no, I wasn't saying anything at all about emigration above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apjp View Post
    There will be more cuts if less people are on the dole, because if more people found a mac job scambridge or have emigrated that means there are less people to notice. I would expect more cuts to young people's dole in 2015 or 2017 either side of the next 2 elections.

    You're effectively saying morticia it's a good thing we have the safety valves of emigration and the depressing of working conditions. No surprise from the poster who favoured dole cuts for young people over more income tax for middle class earners I suppose. Class interest and all that. Don't have to be a socialist to know it exists.

    There is reasonable paying temporary work too but it means less security in employment and a massaging of the 'jobs created' figures. In 2014 I so far represent 2 jobs created-soon to be 3 with my extra part time farm sales work. Seasonal and temp work is often the same person taking omne job to the next to tide them over via agencies or their usual seasonal numbers and this leads to such spin as '3'000 jobs a month'.

    We need a minimum living wage of 12 euro an hour and a hiking in income tax across the board proportionate to income, especially on the haves and those playing the 'squeezed middle' poor mouth card. Working men and women have taken a 40% pay cut. Time for a restoration of previous pay levels to boost the economy and to give us the chance to both raise state revenue and people's livelihoods simultaenously.
    Businesses would balk at the thoughts of having to pay €12 an hour, I agree with you in principle but the practicality of it is not there. Profit margins are increasing for the companies living off the back of the poor and any attempt to interfere with that will be met with mass opposition. A clean wipe of the debt slate to those unable to pay and those who are squeezed a certain large portion of debt forgiveness. Boost trade and create a more knowledge based economy, lets get the latest training in programming, foreign languages and science and really be the best in the biz.
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    Over the past couple of months since finishing my degree I've applied for a load of jobs and had a fair few interviews, all of which have sadly been unsuccessful. A pattern has emerged; I am overqualified for many of them and employers are reluctant to employ me as they think I'll leave as soon as something better comes along. For better jobs I lack the required experience. I could help my case by completing various exams required to satisfy various competency requirements, but I can't afford these.

    It's very depressing getting knocked back for jobs which I could do blindfolded. From talking to other young people my problem is quite common - and the options seem to be to emigrate or go on slavebridge, and it'll be a cold day in hell before I work for free. This country is a fcuking joke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    Over the past couple of months since finishing my degree I've applied for a load of jobs and had a fair few interviews, all of which have sadly been unsuccessful. A pattern has emerged; I am overqualified for many of them and employers are reluctant to employ me as they think I'll leave as soon as something better comes along. For better jobs I lack the required experience. I could help my case by completing various exams required to satisfy various competency requirements, but I can't afford these.

    It's very depressing getting knocked back for jobs which I could do blindfolded. From talking to other young people my problem is quite common - and the options seem to be to emigrate or go on slavebridge, and it'll be a cold day in hell before I work for free. This country is a fcuking joke
    This makes me very angry and frustrated. It is crazy to think that a person as very able as yourself is not being employed. If this place was functioning in any way sanely, you would be snapped up by one of the public services or have a pick of other jobs. It is very hard being knocked back. It seems to help dealing with this situation to get into groups and work together or alongside.

    I hope we don't lose you to somewhere else, but being in work is a big priority in life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    This makes me very angry and frustrated. It is crazy to think that a person as very able as yourself is not being employed. If this place was functioning in any way sanely, you would be snapped up by one of the public services or have a pick of other jobs. It is very hard being knocked back. It seems to help dealing with this situation to get into groups and work together or alongside.

    I hope we don't lose you to somewhere else, but being in work is a big priority in life.
    That was a very kind post

    I don't want to emigrate, hopefully I'll get something soon, anything really so I can afford to sit those exams I mentioned, which will hopefully help me get on my way. Sad thing is that there are thousands in the position I am in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    That was a very kind post

    I don't want to emigrate, hopefully I'll get something soon, anything really so I can afford to sit those exams I mentioned, which will hopefully help me get on my way. Sad thing is that there are thousands in the position I am in
    Good luck Saoirse G D. I hope you get something soon too. I'm sure you are tackling it well.
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