Category Archives: Economy

Positive trends in planning

Clyde Shanks points to the recent improvements in planning and the housing market and calls for the new councils to support this growth. Like me, I’m sure you’ve noticed that there is...

Engineering’s prospects

Leading engineers are calling for more women in the workforce and a recognition of how the sector can develop the economy. The new President of Engineers Ireland, Regina Moran, has made female...

Apprenticeships deliver growth

The new apprenticeships landscape is helping drive forward the needs of the economy. Colleges Northern Ireland firmly believes that apprenticeships are a highly effective vehicle for developing skills that meet the needs...

Bringing local quality to ICT solutions

With the Review of Public Administration in Northern Ireland under way and new shadow councils already elected, attention is now turning to the tangible transformation of local government services. Public sector organisations...

Greening the recovery

agendaNi reports on how green issues have become mainstream for business representatives, trade unions and government alongside the recovery. A growing economy is resulting in a greater focus on ‘green’ economic activities...

Mixed prospects for manufacturing

Rising manufacturing output is driving recovery but industry leaders are seeking more action on rates and energy costs. Despite experiencing steady decline over recent decades, particularly in the traditional areas of shipbuilding...

Recovery on the horizon for construction

CITB-ConstructionSkills NI Chief Executive Barry Neilson outlines its expectations for the industry over the next five years. The economic downturn has been tough for all industries, particularly construction. Over the last three...

Economic inactivity strategy

The forthcoming economic inactivity strategy aims to bring more people into the workforce. Northern Ireland has had the highest level of economic inactivity in the UK for the past 30 years. Economic...

Breaking parity

Victor Hewitt explains the finances of welfare and the consequences for public expenditure if Northern Ireland moves away from parity with Britain. At the start of 2014 Simon Hamilton, the Minister of...