Unemployment at lowest rate since 2005


The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the unemployment rate fell to 4.4% in May, down from a revised 4.6% in April, and a revised 5.9% 12 months ago. The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed fell by 3,100 between April and May and by 33,200 compared to a year ago. […]

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Ireland has fastest growing economy in EU for the fifth consecutive year


Ireland’s gross domestic product grew 6.7% in 2018, making it the European Union’s fastest-growing economy for the fifth consecutive year, although the figures were flattered once again by statistical distortions. The relevance of using the conventional measure for economic performance as an accurate measure for such an open economy diminished when 2015 GDP growth was adjusted […]

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eBay partners with Enterprise Ireland to help Irish SMEs


It was announced that eBay has teamed up with Enterprise Ireland and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCOI) for an initiative that is set to benefit up to 50 small to medium-sized Irish companies. The programme is designed to support local Irish businesses in reaching new domestic and global audiences, opening up opportunities […]

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Only 42% of Irish trust their employers with their own personal data


Datapac and Sophos today announced the results of a survey which highlights alarming practices prevalent in Irish workplaces and significant concerns amongst Irish office workers in the ability of their employer to protect sensitive data. The survey found only 42% of office workers completely trust their employers with their personal data, and just 47% completely […]

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Most Irish SMEs have yet to begin Brexit planning


Most small and medium enterprises in Ireland and Northern Ireland have yet to begin planning for Britain’s exit from the European Union and around 40% have postponed or cancelled investment because of it, a survey showed on Monday. The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, but the failure of the British government to secure […]

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Poor broadband is a problem in both rural and urban areas


New consumer research on public attitudes to and experience of broadband services in Ireland has revealed that poor broadband is a significant problem not just in rural areas but also in urban areas. Research undertaken by Coyne Research on behalf of Imagine Communications has found that dissatisfaction with broadband services is widespread across Ireland, and […]

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These HR Trends Can Inform Better Practices in 2019


The human resources industry is ever-changing and adapting to the new technologies, a new workforce generation and the exit of another workforce generation. Practices that were standard in 2018 could already be out of date. The good news is there are industry experts who can lend insight into the 2019 trends for the HR industry. […]

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Small businesses cautious as they enter 2019


The mood amongst the small business community at the start of 2019 is cautious, according to the latest report from the Small Firms Association (SFA). Just under 60pc of SFA members feel that the business environment is improving, down slightly from 62pc a year ago. The SFA’s ‘Business Sentiment Survey’ is based on responses by […]

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