Number on the Live Register in Cork down 24% since launch of Action Plan for Jobs – Buttimer

4 December 2014

  • 24% drop in the Live Register figure in Cork since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs
  • Latest CSO figures show unemployment in Cork at lowest in almost 6 years

Since the Government launched its Action Plan for Jobs in 2013 there has been a 24% decrease in the number of people unemployed in Cork.  In February 2012, across Cork County there was almost 44,000 people out of work, today there are 33,344.  While this is still too many people out of work it is a sign that we moving in the right direction.

When you look at a breakdown of the figures you see that there has been a fall of 25% in Cork City and in Carrigaline.  For all of Cork County and for Cork City the number of people unemployed is now at its lowest since January 2009, that is its lowest in almost 6 years.

The trend in Cork of fewer people being unemployed reflects what is happing nationally.  Latest CSO Live Register figures show that the overall unemployment rate has dropped to 10.7% from a high of 15.1% in 2012.  This shows that the Action Plan for Jobs is working; it is achieving real results and helping to create more jobs.

Thanks to the sacrifices people have made our economy has stabilised and now we are seeing a continuing trend of job creation and lower rates of unemployment.  These latest figures give us confidence that if we stick with the plan, we can ensure that people’s sacrifices are not wasted, and that we can deliver a consistent and sustainable jobs recovery in Cork and right across the country.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, National Work

80,000 more people at work and jobs growth spreading to regions – Buttimer

Unemployment at lowest level for 5 yearsWednesday, 26th November 2014

  • Latest CSO employment figures indicate that growth in the economy is spreading to the regions
  • More people are now in full-time employment.

Since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs by Minister Richard Bruton in 2012, 80,000 more people are at work and in the last year alone, 27,700 entered the jobs market, with 94% of those securing full-time employment. It is extremely positive to see that people are not only getting work, but also that this work is full-time.

The economy is growing and more people are starting to feel its benefit as today’s figures confirm that employment increased in seven out of eight regions over the past three months.

The unemployment rate has fallen to 10.9%. It is still too high but things are moving steadily in the right direction. This Government is working to build a sustainable economy and the fact that job increases are particularly strong in the domestic economy in areas such as construction and retail means we are driving a home-grown recovery.

Today’s figures confirm again that the plan this Government has adopted is working, but there is more to do. We want to do more to make work pay and reduce the income tax burden. The tax cuts announced in the last budget are part of a three year tax reform plan.


Posted under Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, National Work

105 new jobs for Cork shows recovery is strengthening

Monday, 3rd November 2014

  • Decision by OpenText to create 105 new high-skilled roles in Cork is further evidence that economic recovery is strengthening.
  • OpenText’s new operation will provide customer support for its information management services.

Today’s announcement that OpenText, a global leader in its sector, is creating 105 extra jobs in Cork is a great vote of confidence in the city and county as a world-class placed to do business. This Government’s relentless focus on job creation is paying off, with 70,000 new jobs created since we launched our Action Plan for Jobs in 2012.

I wish OpenText every success in Cork. I have no doubt they will be highly impressed with the calibre of candidates for these roles. It is great to see that Cork has developed into a location that attracts leading technology companies.  It now has a critical mass of tech companies which has in turn ensured that a strong talent pool of highly skilled employees is available for these employers.

These are high-quality jobs. OpenText plans to recruit Technical Analysts with supporting language skills and senior management roles. Recruitment is underway immediately and job listings can be found on OpenText’s career page:

OpenText is partnering with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, IDA, on this customer support centre and both are to be commended on their success in continuing to attract investment to Ireland.

This announcement continues a trend that has seen employment increase and the unemployment rate continue to fall.  Over the last 12 months employment has increased by 31,600.  The unemployment rate has decreased to 11.1% from a peak of 15.1%.  These are much needed improvements and today’s announcement of a further 105 jobs will again help to reduce the number of people who find themselves searching for work.

About OpenText

OpenText is the leader in Enterprise Information Management, helping customers to create a Digital-First World by simplifying, transforming, and accelerating their information needs. Over 100,000 customers already use OpenText solutions, either on premises or in our cloud.  For more information about OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX; TSX: OTC), please visit:

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation