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Jobs boost for Motor Industry

10 November 2010

Today,there are 3,200 more people employed in the Motor Industry than at the end of last year.

• Figures from the CSO show that at the end of June this year there were 34,700 employed in the Motor Industry, compared to 31,500 at the end of 2009. (Source: CSO QNHS)
• As every job lost costs the Exchequer €23,000 on average, these new jobs represent an Exchequer saving of €74 million.
• In addition, SIMI, working in conjunction with FÁS, has today announced the creation of 150 new Apprentice positions.

Speaking at the launch of the new recruitment project, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD, described the Apprentice plan as an “important platform for the development of careers in the Motor Industry. The Apprentice recruitment drive, run in partnership with the Government’s training agency, FÁS, is an important labour market activation initiative for young people interested in the motor trade. We have a strong record on producing sought-after apprentices and these new positions will stimulate the employment profile in the motor industry.”

“It is clear that the Government’s car scrappage scheme announced last year has worked with extra jobs and more car sales recorded in what is now a growth sector in our economy,” said Minister O’Keeffe.

SIMI President, Eddie Murphy talks about the importance of these new jobs, not just for the Motor Industry but for the wider economy; “Our Industry has gone through such a turbulent time over the last couple of years. Because of the positive impact of Scrappage this year, business in our industry is up over 50% on last year’s very low levels. It is only because of this improvement that dealers can now invest in new staff for their businesses. New Apprentices take four years to qualify so this really is an investment in the future of our industry.”

Murphy adds, “The Apprentice intake had fallen to very small numbers but thankfully the Industry is now in a position to begin recruiting new Apprentices again who will hopefully go on to have a successful career in the Motor Industry.”