Cork continues to attract leading companies – Buttimer

Thursday, 19th March 2015

  • Decision by Malwarebytes to locate its EMEA headquarters in Cork again shows that the city attracts leading technology companies.

The decision by Malwarebytes to locate its EMEA headquarters in Cork again shows that the city has a reputation that attracts leading technology companies. Cork has a developed a cluster of the some of the biggest names in technology industries. We have an educated workforce that meets the needs of these companies and we have facilities that enable them to successfully conduct their operations from a Cork base.

As well as signalling that Cork has become a tech-hub, it is welcome that 50 new jobs will be created. The reason we want to attract business is to create jobs so that people can get back to work and to give opportunities for those that left Ireland to return home. Maintaining policies that support and encourage businesses is critical to the future of our economy and society.

Malwarebyes’ decision to locate in Cork will be another boost for the local jobs market. For 32 months the Live Register has been falling and in Cork it has reduced by 23% since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in March 2012. All of this points to the reality of some economic recover but with much work left to do. These 50 new jobs will be another help in tackling unemployment and with the right policies we will continue to see job growth and creation.


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

Live Register in Cork City and Carrigaline at lowest in 6 years

9th January 2014

  • Latest CSO figures show more people are at work since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012

Live Register Figures for Cork City and Carrigaline are now at their lowest in 6 years.  This shows that the national trend of falling unemployment for 30 months in a row is being felt in Cork. This is very much to be welcomed.

Another drop in the Live Register in December emphasises that the economy is in recovery and that more people are entering the jobs market. In Cork City the number of people on the Live Register has fallen to 14,065, the lowest number since January 2009.  Similarly in the Carrigaline area it is down to 1,843, the lowest since February 2009.

I am particularly encouraged that the Live Register here in Cork City has dropped by 34% from an unacceptable high in 2009.  In the Carrigaline area it is down 32%.  While this is great news for all those who have secured jobs there is however more work to be done.

I hope and expect to see a further drop in these figures in the coming months.  This year there will be an increased focus on job creation as the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton is preparing to launch a pilot programme of the Regional Enterprise Strategy. This strategy will help to ensure that all areas of our country benefit from the improved employment market.

Nationally, the latest CSO Live Register figures show that the unemployment rate has dropped to 10.6% from a high of 15.1% in 2012. More people are at work and they can expect to see a little more money in their bank account from this month onwards thanks to changes made to the tax and USC system in Budget 2015.

As the economy grows the Government is in a position to give back to the Irish people who have sacrificed so much. All workers will see a small increase in their earnings starting from this month but we know that personal taxation is still too high. We are committed to pursuing policies that make work pay and ensure that people in all parts of the country feel the benefit of the growing economy.

Things are moving in the right direction and the latest Live Register figures give us confidence that the policies pursued by this Government are working. Through hard work and dedication a strong, sustainable recovery can be delivered right throughout the country and in particular here in Cork.

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

Parliamentary Question: TÚS

Question to the Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Mr Kevin Humphreys, TD)

To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views on amending the Tús scheme so that participants have the option of continuing with their placement beyond the initial 12 month period; and if she will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.

For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 17th December, 2014.


Tús, the community work placement initiative introduced during 2011, was set up to provide short-term, work opportunities for those who are unemployed for more than a year. This initiative is being delivered through the network of local development companies and Údarás na Gaeltachta. Tús is designed to break the cycle of unemployment and maintain work readiness thereby improving a person’s opportunity to return to the labour market. To date, over 23,000 jobseekers have participated on this initiative.

The duration of the Tús contract was set to reflect a number of inter-related elements. These include the need to ensure that the 8,000 or so placements available remain open to those on the live register for more than 12 month, which currently number in excess of 170,000; that weaknesses in other work programmes resulting from long duration placements are not replicated in Tús and that scare resources are optimised to the benefit of jobseekers. In addition, Tús fulfils the objectives set out in the Government’s activation policies in Pathways to Work.  Regular rotation of placements also ensures that the opportunities provided by Tús remain accessible to a greater number of jobseekers.

As with all programmes and schemes funded and managed by the Department, the operation of Tús will be monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure that it reflects changes in underlying activation policies and the recovery in the overall labour market.

Posted under Employment, Parliamentary Questions, Social Protection