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Firms upbeat on jobs

MULTINATIONAL companies are expecting to hire more staff next year, as they are upbeat about growth expectations.

The latest Irish Management Institute (IMI)/Danske Bank Survey of Multinational Corporations (MNCs) in Ireland for 2013 found that 35pc of firms expect employment figures to increase and 43pc expect turnover to increase.

It is a much more positive outlook than in previous surveys, when only 11pc in 2009, and 27pc in 2010 expected their workforces to grow.