A Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, launched the Government framework entitled Future Jobs Ireland 2019: Preparing Now for Tomorrow’s Economy. It has the aim of focusing on the future phases of economic development in Ireland.

The process and results

This is the first in the series of Annual Reports, which reveals the long-term ambitions of the Government for the prosperous future of the economy, based on five major pillars:

  • Embracing Changes of Innovative and Technological nature
  • Improving the Productivity of SME
  • Enhancing Skills and Developing/Attracting Talent
  • Increasing Participation in the Workforce
  • Efforts for a Low Carbon Economy

Additionally, the Future Jobs Ireland 2019 was facilitated by constant engagement of Government Departments and interested stakeholders. This consultation was finalized in the Future Jobs Summit held on 22 November 2018.  160 stakeholders attended it in six sessions, under the chairmanship of a Minister.

This engagement process will continue involving the stakeholders throughout the present year also. The Government Departments aim to collaborate with stakeholders for developing further deliverables for including them in Future Jobs Ireland 2020.

The approach of the Government

The approach of the Government is that Future Jobs Ireland deals with supporting business and also with investing in the development of citizens. There is a tremendous change in the world of work. An Advance technology keeps the society in an always ‘on’ mode. Furthermore, Connectivity and accessibility alter the way of working of the people. Future Jobs Ireland will have a focus on exploiting the positives which the technology brings to the country and take up the challenge of the negatives also.

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar stated that Ireland has to be a country that works to live, but not lives just to work. Businesses must adopt new ways to attract and retain talent by using remote and flexible options for work.

An active strategy

Additionally, both men and women can perform jobs.  Moreover, the people living in rural areas can work for the multinationals without commuting to Dublin or Cork City. The learning must be lifelong and the people must adopt the new technology. The Government is committed to increasing the Lifelong Learning rate to reach 18% by 2025.

Ireland is an attractive place for Foreign Direct Investment. Moreover, in the next phase of development should focus on Irish owned SMEs to succeed at home and proceed to become global. After confronting the challenges in the world of work, we can prosper from the future transformations. We can look at the future confidently because of the present day preparations.

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