An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, yesterday launched Future Jobs Ireland 2019: Preparing Now for Tomorrow’s Economy, a new, whole-of-Government framework for the next phase of Ireland’s economic development.
Future Jobs Ireland 2019 is the first in a series of annual reports, which outlines the Government’s longer-term ambitions for the future of the economy, under five key pillars:
Embracing Innovation and Technological Change
Improving SME Productivity
Enhancing Skills & Developing and Attracting Talent
Increasing Participation in the Workforce
Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy
Future Jobs Ireland 2019 has been informed by engagement across Government Departments and with stakeholders. This consultation culminated in the Future Jobs Summit which took place on 22 November 2018 attended by more than 160 stakeholders with six breakout sessions, each chaired by a Minister.
This stakeholder engagement will continue and throughout the course of 2019, with Government Departments aiming to work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop further deliverables for inclusion in Future Jobs Ireland 2020.
The Government claims Future Jobs Ireland is about supporting business but also investing in the development of people. The world of work is changing. Advancing technology means society is always ‘on’. Connectivity and greater accessibility is changing the way people work. This comes with negatives and positives. Future Jobs Ireland aims to take the opportunity to exploit the positives that technology can bring for the country and take on the negatives.
Speaking this week, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said, "I want Ireland to be a country that works to live, not lives to work. Businesses need to consider new ways of attracting and retaining talent through remote and flexible working options: women as well as men can get the job done. So that people living in rural areas can work for Google, Facebook and Apple without having to commute to Cork City or Dublin. We need to see lifelong learning as the norm so we are adaptable to new technology and sectors. And, today we are announcing that we have committed to doubling our Lifelong Learning rate to 18% by 2025."
He added, "Ireland is one of the most attractive places for Foreign Direct Investment. But the next phase of our national development should be Irish owned SMEs succeeding at home and then going global. By confronting head-on the challenges we face in the world of work, we can ensure we are able to prosper from the transformations that are coming. We can face the future with confidence because of the preparations we have made today."