Firms face existential challenge in NI over no-deal Brexit


Secretary of State Julian Smith was among those present as Trade NI launched its 10-year plan Vision 2030 at Westminster on Wednesday.

The head of one of Northern Ireland’s largest business banks has warned a no-deal Brexit would cause an “existential” challenge for companies.

The region is already dealing with limited economic growth, and the largest trade delegation from Belfast ever to visit Westminster has published a 10-year plan it says will create 65,000 jobs.

The alliance of retailers, the hospitality industry and manufacturers expressed concern at uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the prospect of no-deal.

Kevin Kingston, chief executive officer of Danske Bank UK, said: “When you move down to the smaller businesses it becomes much more difficult, some of them are facing an existential challenge and it is very hard to plan for outcomes when it is that fundamental to your business model.

“For the smaller businesses, I don’t think they are ready (for no deal) but I am not saying that as a criticism, I am saying that is a cold, hard reality of the challenges they face.


Improving people’s skills will revitalise UK high streets – report


Strengthening local economies will do more to revive Britain’s struggling high streets than sprucing up city centres or changing the tax system to help retailers, according to a report.

The Centre for Cities thinktank said the government should help towns and cities improve skill levels among local workforces in order to attract businesses and generate well paid jobs. Without the spending power these jobs provide, attempts to make high streets more attractive to consumers will fail, the report said.

Centre for Cities looked at 62 of the UK’s biggest cities and towns and found a strong link between high-skilled jobs and thriving high streets. It said cities with stronger economies had more theatres, museums and restaurants while cities with weak economies often had only the basics.

Well paid jobs in the city centre make those amenities viable whereas opening a museum or a theatre in a weak economy is unlikely to revitalise a town or city, the report found. It said London and Manchester are busy because they have well paid workers whereas towns such as Mansfield and Barnsley struggle without enough prosperous consumers.

The chief executive of Centre for Cities Andrew Carter, said: “Good jobs and a strong local economy are the keys to saving high streets. Any interventions that seek to improve cities’ amenities without boosting consumer spending power are doomed to fail from an economic perspective.”

The report follows the publication this week of figures showing shops, pubs and restaurants closing at the fastest pace in almost a decade, with 16 high street sites closed their doors every day in the first half of 2019. Big retailers have called on the government to review business rates and other taxes to put them on a level footing with online-only rivals such as Amazon and Asos.


Dole announces 2,000 new jobs in Yukon, Canada


MANILA, Philippines — More overseas opportunities beckon for Filipino skilled workers as Yukon, a Canadian territory, will open 2,000 jobs in various industries every year, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he signed a joint communiqué with his counterpart in Yukon for the deployment of skilled workers with an opportunity to bring their families there.

“The joint communiqué with Yukon, Canada, contains a request for 2,000 skilled workers every year,” he said in a statement.


Following the agreement, Bello directed Administrator Bernard Olalia of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to fast-track the deployment of workers to Yukon, as well as the processing of overseas employment certificate of those who will be working in Vancouver and Toronto.

“After we met with our counterparts, I advised Admin Olalia to liberalize the deployment of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) in Canada. We had a firsthand encounter with the Filipinos in Yukon and we are assured that they are well protected and respected without any class distinction. We heard not a single complaint,” Bello added.

The salaries range from P80,000 up to P300,000.


Irish recruiters in London to fill 500 vacancies


A major jobs fair to recruit workers to Ireland will take place in west London this weekend.

The Careers in Ireland London Jobs Fair will be held in the Clayton Hotel, Chiswick, London this Saturday, 14 September.

It is being supported by Ireland’s Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection as part of its European Employment Services (EURES) programme.

This event is aimed at all people who are interested in living and working in Ireland and aims to bring jobseekers and those looking to change their job – who want to move to work and live in Ireland – together to meet over 30 Irish-based employers who are recruiting to fill more than 500 vacancies.

The employers seeking to fill vacancies in Ireland are from construction, hospitality, healthcare, retail, IT, engineering and financial services.

Thye include Apple Inc., MDE Installations, Paypal, Dublin Bus, Dalata Hotel Group (owners of the Clayton Chiswick), DPS Engineering and Construction Ltd., Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd.

The event is part of the EU-funded EURES programme designed to facilitate the free movement of workers across Europe.

Job applications will be accepted at the event so those jobseekers attending should bring their CVs or ensure they have soft copy CVs that they can give to potential employers on the day.

A team of EURES Advisers, who are specialists in international recruitment, will also be on hand to provide advice and information.

Presentations on Living and Working conditions in Ireland and the financial supports available to assist those making the move will run throughout the day.

The event will be similar to the one held by EURES Ireland in Madrid in Spain in May for which more than 1,500 people attended.

The event is free to employers and potential employees.



The UK’s graduate labour market saw an increase of 10% more jobs than the previous year according to the Institute of Student Employers’ annual student recruitment survey.

Nearly 22,000 graduate jobs were created. This was mainly driven by significant increases in finance and professional services as well as public sector employers who recruited 35% more graduates, particularly in policing and education.

Since the 2008 recession graduate jobs have grown 10% or above on just two other occasions – in 2013 and 2014.

While this suggests a buoyant market, employers are cautious. According to the survey, the short-term and temporary hire of graduates through internships or work placements has dropped by 4% and 7% respectively. Employers also anticipate that Brexit and/or a recession will reduce hiring over the next five years.

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of ISE, commented, “Although the drop in temporary opportunities is concerning as this enables students to gain valuable work experience, employers are mainly resisting the urge to dial down their recruitment in the face of current and future challenges.”

“Hiring is up, employers are receiving a healthy volume of applications and they are paying more. We hope that this continues and will do everything that we can to support firms as they manage the uncertainty that lies ahead,” Isherwood said.

The energy and engineering, and legal industries were the only sectors to make small reductions in the number of graduates they recruited, down 1% and 3% respectively.

ISE’s report also found that employers had challenges recruiting graduates for engineering, IT programming and development, and technical and analytical roles. Actuaries, electronic engineers, prison officers and quantity surveyors were also highlighted as shortage areas.


August Jobs Increases +130,000 in U.S. and +81,000 in Canada


The latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics records an increase in the total number of U.S. jobs amounting to +130,000 in August. But that’s versus a newly revised July figure that is down by -20,000 compared with what was reported a month ago.

Therefore, August’s jobs count is only +110,000 relative to the number that was the headline figure for July as originally reported.

In August versus July, the participation rate rose slightly to 63.2% from 63.0%, but it had no detrimental effect on the unemployment rate, which stayed the same, 3.7% SA (seasonally adjusted).

The average monthly change in total employment in the U.S. through the first two-thirds of 2019 has been +158,000 jobs, a drop of about one-third when held up against 2018’s January-to-August average of +234,000.

On a percentage-change basis, year-over-year employment in the U.S. is currently +1.4%. Services employment, which is by far the biggest subset of total employment, has a y/y jobs improvement of +1.6%.




3SIXTY has today announced plans to take on 40 additional people in a significant expansion of its operations.

The new members of the 3SIXTY team will operate throughout Ireland and will be taken on over the course of the next twelve months.

The Irish owned consultancy firm helps businesses evolve and improve their performance and works with businesses ranging in size from 50 to 500 employees.

The 3SIXTY team is made up of senior practitioners, each with years of experience in their respective specialisms – people and change management, process improvement, technology optimisation. The new members of the 3SIXTY team will operate throughout Ireland and will be taken on over the course of the next twelve.

Speaking this week, Managing Partner at 3SIXTY, Brian Cremin said, “Sometimes it can take an external threat such as Brexit to focus the minds of business leaders. How companies respond to challenges can define their future. Our expert team looks at how these companies can improve through process, people and technology.”

He added, “Equally, the wider growth in the Irish economy has resulted in a number of companies who want to grow but lack the internal expertise to do so. To meet that demand, we look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to 3SIXTY in the weeks and months ahead.”