Rural job creation will form the cornerstone of a multi-million Euro plan to spread Ireland’s recovery throughout the country.
And about 4,500 frontline staff, such as nurses, gardai, and teachers will be recruited in the coming months, as part of a far-reaching employment package announced in the budget.
In addition, €52 million has been allocated to help in the creation of up to 45,000 new jobs next year.
The funding is part of an overall strategy to generate 200,000 jobs by 2020 – with 135,000 of these located in the regions.
Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Minister, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said she would like the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to bring the employment creation figures in their ”client companies” to over 200,000 each next year.
The IDA will see its capital funding grow by 22pc to €137m.
To support the government’s Regional Action Plans for Jobs, Enterprise Ireland will roll out a series of ‘competitive regional funds’ to create jobs across the country next year.
The government has accepted the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission to increase the national minimum wage to €9.25.
Speaking at a specially convened press conference in government buildings this afternoon, Minister O’Connor stressed that Enterprise Agencies are now creating an extra 70 jobs a day.
“The budget contains many measures that will assist business become more competitive and cope with the impact of Brexit.
“There are a number of changes to the taxation treatment of entrepreneurs, self-employed and SMEs which are to be welcomed,” she added.
Meanwhile, Pat Breen, Minister for Employment and Small Business, said the government has identified regional and rural job creation as a priority.
“The target is between 40,000 to 45,000 new jobs next year, with the same number again created indirectly.”
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