SMEs must be focus of jobs initiative

ISME CEO Mark Fielding
ISME, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, has called on the Government to put much more effort into their jobs initiative, now that the EU presidency has been passed on.

ISME, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, has called on the Government to put much more effort into their jobs initiative, now that the EU presidency has been passed on.

Last week’s CSO Live Register figures confirm that 422,900 are on job welfare, but long-term unemployment continues to be a major problem, accounting for 45.4% of total.

According to ISME Chief Executive, Mark Fielding, “the Government must recognise the key concerns of business, which are preventing companies from retaining and creating jobs; these include the rising cost of energy, local authority charges, rents and transport.

“In addition, the social welfare trap is not only acting as a disincentive to taking up gainful employment but also directly leading to increased black economy activity, which threatens the viability of legitimate businesses and employment within these companies,” he said.