Originally Posted by Pride Fighter
Nothing wrong with the social welfare rates. The social welfare bill is far too high. For every person that is taken off it, it saves about 10k in welfare and 10k in administration per year.
The solution is to create jobs that are sustainable and long term and in large numbers.
How exactly though?
Thats the issue in this economy. There is no room for growth. And the people left over from emigration are those of us already paying taxes or those unemployed. Many of whom are not the type oflabour force to supply any demand for a growth sector.
Paypal was forced to import 500 workers recently because those on the live reg in Ireland don't have a second European language.
It is not enough to have the leaving cert to have a job anymore. Many need to get their head around this. You need a second language now to work in a call centre. If we are the gateway to Europe we really need to change.
Sustainable jobs in large numbers (in our country as we have little in the way of natural resources ) require higher education investment. Min wage jobs are generally more transient and not sustainable. They are usually the types of jobs to be cut first.
To be honest for years the Govt (FF days) funnelled funding into welfare and benefits instead of setting target goals for education etc which gives a return on investment ..It is CRAZY that an EU country that calls itself the gateway to europe and has free Universities has so few graduates with a second language.
In other EU countries even secondary school graduates have a second language ...it is a huge issue in the IT sector and needs to be addressed.
We need to ask ourselves...WHAT KIND of jobs are we training those on the live reg for??? Could many of them have a second language learnt within a year? THOSE are the kinds of jobs out there that Ireland has to offer and we will lose these companies if we don't meet the demand.
On another thread a situation was brought up where an official suggested to someone onthe live reg that they retrain as a software developer. This was dismissed as the officail being unrealistic. I would suggest it is the other way around....THIS IS THE REALITY...these are the jobs on offer the old economy is over
It is not necessarily the only the jobs we need to supply...but the right kind of people....we can change the people ..not necessarily the jobs...there were 500 jobs available in paypal that it could not find suitable emloyees for because they could not find people with nordic languages or people who could learn quickly or help from the Govt to fund a progarmme for learning of lanagues for that company.
The Govt needs to approach companies and find who is hiring and can't find suitable applicants (they are there) and train people for those particular jobs.
And if people on the live reg are not prepared to change ....we have bigger problems...
But the PayPal situation is being repeated all over the country and it has been said before ....companies cannot find the employees not because of the lackof people...but the lack of correct skills suited towards their business
There is little point in havinga low corp tax rate for a company who needs IT workers who speak German if we don't have IT workers who speak German....
We had better find out what is out there ..what numbers are needed and what skills and organize training accordingly.
There are jobs there is seems there is a disconnect inn the economy between the people and jobs whether it be due to unsuitable skills or the salary not meet the monetary dependancies or responsiblities of people or not meeting them as well as benefits.
Even if it meant cutting benefits for unemployed but giving something to those on lower wages through housing or child benefit for a short time.
Make it better to work.
But really it seems to me there is a disconnect between the people and the jobs that are there.
And also we have to get real about the types of jobs that will be created in future and the type of people that will be needed...it's the 21st century if you don't have a degree and a language ..get them...and EVERYONE can...the influx of workers from oher countries to fullfill those jobs proves they are there.
Our tourism industry is not exploited because of language deficiencies...we could really sell Ireland to the EU much more easily than America...
If we want to be the ageway to the Eu for America and China we need to supply the kind of people who can facilitate those jobs. In all kinds of industries. THATS where our future and potential lies...but you have totrain the people for it.
It's like the Govt is not in the 21st century.....its be a teacher or a bulider era in their heads....i hope they join us in the year 2012