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In Brief: Gaming workers twice 2009 figure

AN INDEPENDENT report on the games industry in Ireland reveals the number of people working in the sector has almost doubled since 2009.

The Irish Computer Games Survey 2012 also says there are nearly four times as many games companies here since the time of the last major report on the industry three years ago. The report identifies 83 companies operating in Ireland today, compared to 21 companies in 2009. It says these companies employ 2,802 people – an increase of 91pc since 2009.

Wholesale prices increase 2.9pc

WHOLESALE prices rose by 2.9pc in October on an annual basis, led by electronics products and some foods, Central Statistics Office figures show.

Monthly factory gate prices increased by 0.3pc in October 2012. This compares with a fall of 0.3pc recorded for October of last year.

Sick-pay scheme 'will harm growth'

BUSINESS lobby group IBEC said a survey it conducted showed there would be damaging consequences for growth and jobs if the Government introduces a statutory sick-pay scheme in Budget 2013.

Almost half of the 450 respondents with an occupational sick-pay scheme said such a move would affect their company's ability to recruit new employees.

New Ireland top insurer – survey

VALUE for money for consumers, competitive charges by insurance companies and their financial strength are the top three factors taken into account when financial brokers consider what life insurance products they recommend to consumers, according to a new survey by broker body PIBA.

New Ireland has been deemed the overall winner, followed by Irish Life in second place. Zurich Life was close behind in third place.

Job creation bid failing, says UNITE

THE Government forecast that only 18,000 jobs will be created between 2011 and 2015, down from an estimated 100,000 only last year, is stark evidence that job creation is failing, the UNITE union said. It added that austerity was killing off any hope of recovery.

"Emigration is the only thing keeping down the rate of unemployment from spiralling out of control," said Jimmy Kelly, regional secretary of UNITE.

Irish Independent