Vot­ers don’t be­lieve the next govern­ment will cre­ate jobs

Irish Independent - Business Week - - BUSINESSWEEK - Michael Cog­ley

HALF of all Ir­ish peo­ple don’t be­lieve any political party has a strong job cre­ation pol­icy.

In the build-up to the last elec­tion, job cre­ation poli­cies were at the fore­front of most party man­i­festos.

This time they’ve taken a back seat and ac­cord­ing to new re­search con­ducted by Ir­ishJobs.ie, 36pc of peo­ple be­lieve that a new govern­ment will have no im­pact on em­ploy­ment cre­ation.

The re­cruit­ment site’s lat­est Job­seeker Sen­ti­ment Sur­vey ques­tioned 2,669 peo­ple to high­light emerg­ing trends in the mar­ket. The shift in fo­cus by political par­ties may be in­flu­enced by job­seek­ers’ new­found con­fi­dence.

Around 55pc of those sur­veyed are con­fi­dent they will find a po­si­tion, while 31pc are con­fi­dent they will find one within three months. The gen­eral man­ager at Ir­ishJobs.ie, Orla Mo­ran, said the re­search has gen­er­ated in­ter­est­ing views in re­la­tion to job cre­ation ahead of to­mor­row’s elec­tion.

“While peo­ple’s lev­els of con­fi­dence in the abil­ity of our political sys­tem to cre­ate em­ploy­ment varies, what can­not be re­futed is the sus­tained growth we are see­ing in the Ir­ish econ­omy, which is very much ev­i­dent in the con­tin­ued in­creases in jobs ad­ver­tised on­line,” she said.

Just un­der a third of peo­ple sur­veyed said the next govern­ment should fo­cus on job cre­ation in the med­i­cal and health sec­tors.

The poll also found dif­fer­ing views be­tween those em­ployed and job­less on the health of the re­cruit­ment mar­ket. Over 60pc of those em­ployed feel that the mar­ket is im­prov­ing.

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