Sunday 18 March 2018

Social welfare shouldn't be 'disincentive' for part-time work - compeitiveness council

People queue for Social Welfare
People queue for Social Welfare

Ensuring social welfare supports don’t act as a disincentive for people to take up part-time work is one of the key recommendations delivered by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) today.

The council has been mandated by the government to develop steps that need to be taken to enhance Ireland’s competitiveness.

“We must ensure that the labour market is functioning properly so that job creation is supported and so that individuals are not penalised by taking up offers of employment,” said NCC chairman Don Thornhill, who added that cost inefficiencies need to be rooted out wherever they’re found.

“A healthy and vibrant economy depends upon interlinked and interdependent sectors,” he said. “Ireland needs to ensure that the construction sector returns to a sustainable level of activity – supporting essential economic infrastructure, world class office space and residential units.”

It has called for an evaluation of a site value tax for commercial property, which it envisages could replace the existing system of commercial rates.

Members of the NCC include leading members of the business community, such as John Herlihy, the boss of Google’s Irish arm, Louise Phelan, who heads up Paypal’s operations here, and Sean O’Driscoll, the chief executive of Glen Dimplex, one of Ireland’s biggest privately-owned firms.

The NCC’s submission is related to the government’s Action Plan for Jobs. The NCC has also recommended that there should be wider adoption of activation and training programmes which are linked directly to identified enterprise needs.

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