Budget 2014 Must Not Impede Job Creation

Chambers Ireland has called on the Government to maintain a stable job environment by not increasing any employment costs in the budget.

Seán Murphy, Chambers Ireland Deputy Chief Executive, said “One of Budget 2014’s core priorities must be maintaining and increasing employment. We cannot afford to do anything to damage the recent positive momentum on the job market. Ireland is now in its third consecutive quarter of job growth, albeit from very low levels, and Budget 2014 should continue to support this by not introducing any disincentives to recruitment. Measures such as hiking employers PRSI and/or changing the current sick pay regime for employers that would impede job creation must not be considered in the Budget.”

Fleur Creed, President Wexford Chamber added “The Government should instead focus on containing employment costs by committing to no further increases in the health insurance levy and driving enhanced savings from public services, including the HSE.”