Ireland - Benchmark indicators on costs - April 30, 2016

The National Competitiveness Council, established by government in 1997 as part of the Partnership 2000 Agreement, has published its latest report Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2016. The report benchmarks the main costs facing enterprises, across over 50 indicators, with Chapter 3 dedicated to labour costs. It focuses on areas where Irish costs are out of line with those in key competitor countries and concentrates on costs that are largely domestically determined. While the Irish economy is experiencing rapid growth, the global economy is not proving as robust. The Council states that, in order to protect the competitiveness gains made to date, the country must continue to enhance all aspects of its competitiveness.

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