Support Your Local launches employment trail map
Initiative seeks to highlight regional spread of 204,000 jobs in ireland’s drinks and hospitality secto
18 August 2016 | 0
The Support Your Local campaign has launched an employment trail map, which seeks to highlight the job and wage contribution of the drinks and hospitality industry in Ireland. More than 204,000 people rely on the drinks and hospitality sector for direct employment.
The booklet highlights the wage and jobs contribution of the industry in each constituency in Ireland, showcasing the regional spread of the industry’s economic contribution. In Cork, for example, the industry supports 18,883 jobs and a wages contribution of €416m. In Galway it supports 11,333 jobs and a wages contribution of €237 million. Other counties include Waterford and Wexford with 5,260 and 8,159 jobs supported respectfully and wages of €110m and €172m.
The data is based on research by DCU economist Tony Foley and was launched at a recent employment roundtable discussion in Heineken Ireland in Cork which explored how growth in the drinks and hospitality industry could be fostered to support job creation across Ireland. The panel consisted of Tony Foley, DCU Economist, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO, and Sean McCarthy local publican. The discussion was facilitated by Tom MacSweeney.
Michael Storan, campaign manager for Support Your Local, highlighted its call for a 15% reduction in alcohol excise in the upcoming Budget “as a means to support the growth and development of the sector. It is crucial that this sector is supported”.