Action Plan for Jobs 2015

Issued 29 January 2015

Action Plan for Jobs 2015

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin T.D, today welcomed the publication of the Action Plan for Jobs 2015, which builds on the success of previous Plans. 

This Government’s strong focus on assisting job creation has led to the reduction of the unemployment rate from around 15% in early 2012, to 10.6% at the end of 2014.

The Minister said “This Plan includes a number of commitments by my Department to improve the framework conditions for business by better regulation of both commercial property and information-based industries, and by upgrading certain aspects of our public procurement system”.

The revaluation of all commercial property in the State, an exercise that has not been carried out in over 150 years, is being progressed by the Valuation Office. Enactment of the Valuation (Amendment)(No.2) Bill 2012 will facilitate the acceleration of the National Revaluation Programme. Revaluation takes account of the economic changes in the property market which means that valuations and rates will be aligned with modern realities. Revaluation will remove anomalies and will help business by ensuring that the rates burden is apportioned fairly.

My Department recognises the importance of having a modern and well-resourced data regulator, and to that end we have agreed a substantial increase in the funding for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in 2015.

The Minister further noted: “In addition, my Department, through the Office of Government Procurement, will be pursuing a number of actions in 2015 to ensure that public procurement is being used in the most effective manner possible to support the job creation agenda by ensuring that:

▪         the Government gets the best value possible for its money; 

▪         the long term unemployed are supported, where appropriate;

▪         SMEs have the opportunity to supply the goods and services that the Government needs.

We will also be continuing to implement international best practice by transposing the EU Directives on Public Procurement and Utilities.”




About Action Plan for Jobs

The Action Plan for Jobs is the Government’s plan to improve the conditions for creating new jobs. It is a whole-of-Government initiative under which all 16 Government Departments and 46 Agencies work together to support job creation and protection, and is a sister document to Pathways to Work.

The main strategic ambitions of the Action Plan for Jobs are:

  • ·         to support 100,000 additional jobs by 2016
  • ·         to achieve a top 5 competitiveness ranking
  • ·         to build world class clusters in key sectors of opportunity
  • ·         to build an indigenous engine of growth
  • ·         to develop Ireland as the best small country in which to do business

Since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs process in 2012, almost one thousand actions have been delivered.  To find out more about Action Plan for Jobs and each year’s plan, see:

Action Plan for Jobs 2015

 Action Plan for Jobs 2015 is the next step in the multi-annual process aimed at delivering full employment by 2018.

The Plan is the fourth annual plan in a multi-year process which started in early 2012, and sets out in detail the more than 300 actions to be taken by 16 Government Departments and dozens of State Agencies during 2015 to support job-creation, with deadlines and lead responsibility assigned. Building on the success of previous plans, the 2015 plan includes new Disruptive Reforms.

Action Plan for Jobs 2015 is available to download here:

OECD review of Action Plan for Jobs process

Among the conclusions of the OECD review of the Action Plan for Jobs in May 2014 were: 

“…Ireland’s Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) marks an important innovation in Irish governance…”

“Ireland is well on track to achieve the interim APJ target of 100,000 new jobs by 2016, while the longer-term aim of having 2.1 million employed people by 2020 also looks firmly within grasp.”

“The APJ’s most striking innovation in the Irish public policy context is a coordination mechanism that ensures high-level political buy-in and oversight, whole-of-government engagement and the establishment of quarterly targets underpinned by a robust monitoring system. These are important steps towards addressing long-standing gaps that undermine successful policy implementation.”

“The APJ’s focus on private sector-led, export-oriented job creation by getting framework conditions right and continually upgrading the business environment is a sound approach…”