£1bn DUP deal ‘boosts NI jobs mar­ket: sur­vey

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY JOHN MUL­GREW

THE prom­ise of a £1bn boost to North­ern Ire­land fol­low­ing the DUP’S deal with Theresa May’s Govern­ment has re­sulted in “boosted hir­ing op­ti­mism” in the jobs mar­ket here, it’s been claimed.

There was a spike in hir­ing in­ten­tions here, up 7% in the last quar­ter, out­pac­ing the UK as a whole. That’s ac­cord­ing to Man­power sur­vey of 2,100 busi­nesses across the UK.

Ja­son Greaves, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor at Man­power, said: “Now the dust has set­tled on the Gen­eral Elec­tion, we are start­ing to see some longer term ben­e­fits of the promised £1bn boost to North­ern Ire­land’s econ­omy.

“Both the man­u­fac­tur­ing and au­to­mo­tive and trans­port sec­tors have seen par­tic­u­larly high de­mand for skilled can­di­dates and this is trans­lat­ing to higher rates of pay for can­di­dates. In man­u­fac­tur­ing, clients are cry­ing out for ex­pe­ri­enced welders, and clever can­di­dates are mak­ing the most of this strong po­si­tion by push­ing for higher salaries.”

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