Thursday 15 November 2018

Editorial: Progress made on jobs, but it's a long road ahead

Jobs are slowly being created. Picture posed. Thinkstock
Jobs are slowly being created. Picture posed. Thinkstock

JOBS are not created accidentally. The Government has adopted a systemic approach to fostering the climate where sustainable growth in employment has become possible. The harsh lessons of the 1980s showed that getting the public finances in order is a first step towards economic recovery.

The bailout was a harsh repeat lesson.

Allied to the implementation of the troika programme, the Government quietly undertook a lengthy series of small changes to public policy and the operation of the myriad of agencies supporting job creation. Examining the economy on a sector-by-sector basis, Richard Bruton deserves credit for the manner in which the Action Plan for Jobs has been crafted and implemented across a range of government departments over the last three years.

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