Action Plan for Jobs 2012

  • The Government has announced a series of initiatives designed to tackle the serious unemployment levels.
  • In all, the plan for this year contains 270 actions to be implemented by 15 Government Departments and 36 State Agencies, that will remove barriers to employment creation across the economy.  And enterprise chiefs will provide quarterly reports on how they are doing.
  • A measure of the challenge ahead is that 300,000 jobs have been lost since 2008.  The plan calls for creating 100,000 new jobs by 2016, and a further 100,000 by 2020.  That’s looking like almost 2 decades just to get back to where we once were.
  • But the old employment model is broken and a new start must be made.  Tourism features prominently as a sector with the potential to provide 15,000 very valuable additional jobs, on top of the existing 180,000.
  • As the report acknowledges, Governments don’t create jobs, but they can and should provide the necessary environment which encourages businesses to start up, survive, prosper, expand and provide solid employment. That is what this plan promises.
  • CLICK HERE for the Executive Summary.
  • CLICK HERE for the section on Tourism.
  • CLICK HERE for the full plan.


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