SFA Comment on Live Register Figures May 2013

Thursday, 6 June 2013

SFA Comment on Live Register figures

Action required to address under 25s

“For jobs to be created the Government must provide greater certainty to consumers and the business community; stimulate the domestic economy and prioritise rising business costs.", Avine McNally, Acting Director, Small Firms Association.
Commenting on the live register figures for May the Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Avine McNally said, “the figures announced today showing a decrease in the live register indicate a stabilisation of employment within firms; however, the figures remain unacceptably high and show that retaining and creating employment still remains a challenge for small firms.”

Reduction in the number of under 25s on the register is positive, however, McNally stated that more needs to be done, “active labour policies are only part of the solution, reducing youth unemployment is not possible without a strong commitment and focus on education, growth and recovery.”

According to McNally, if both Government and agencies are forthright in their ambition to address unemployment and create jobs then they must do everything to reduce the cost of employment in 2013. “When employment costs rise small firms are less likely to take on new staff. For jobs to be created the Government must provide greater certainty to consumers and the business community; stimulate the domestic economy and prioritise business costs.”

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For further information, please contact Avine McNally, Acting Director, SFA: Tel: 01 605 1633 or Mobile: 087 6450205.
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