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QEO - The Implications of a Hard BREXIT for Northern Ireland

Posted on December 06, 2016 by Paul Mac Flynn

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The Winter 2016 Quarterly Economic Observer was released this morning and it provides the NERI's analysis recent economic trends and the outlook for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We highlight the signs of decelerating growth in the Republic along with concerns about recent budgetary measures particularly in the housing sector. For Northern Ireland, the relative stability of the UK economy in the last few months removes any threat to the economy in the short term, but significant challenges remain. The depreciation of Sterling has provided some boost for the retail and hospitality sector in Northern Ireland in the form of increased exports and cross-border trade. However, there are more worrying trends in the labour market particularly with regard to increased male and youth unemployment. Overall the future path for the Northern Ireland economy will be very much decided by the exact shape and nature of the UK's exit from the European Union and this provides the topic for the focus section of this QEO.

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Internal Devaluation and the Irish Crisis

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

Beckett Bridge - Photo Credit: Michael Foley Photograph Flickr creative commons page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelfoleyphotography/
Photo Credit: Michael Foley Photograph Flickr creative commons page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelfoleyphotography/

The European Trade Union Institute have published a policy inBrief by Tom McDonnell discussing the Irish economic crisis and its aftermath. You can find it here.

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70,000 workers are on the Minimum Wage

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Micheál Collins

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Cover image for Employees on the Minimum Wage in the ROI NERI WP37

A new NERI research paper estimates the number of workers on the minimum wage and further profiles these workers by gender, by the sector they work in and by their employment status (full-time, part-time, permanent, temporary etc). The data, which is for 2014 (the latest available), complements an earlier paper examining the situation in 2013.

The key findings from the paper are:

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2016 Living Wage: no change, yet lots of change

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Micheál Collins

The 2016 Living Wage for the Republic of Ireland has been calculated by the Living Wage Technical Group. It is €11.50 per hour. The rate is unchanged from 2015.

Over the past year there have been decreases in living costs for most items included in the living wage calculation. However, these decreases have been wiped out by increases in housing costs. The overall effect is an unchanged hourly Living Wage rate of €11.50.

The Republic of Ireland Living Wage was established in 2014 and is part of a growing international set of similar figures which reflect a belief across societies that individuals working full-time should be able to earn enough income to enjoy a decent standard of living.

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New Paper Models a Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on May 19, 2016 by Micheál Collins

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The establishment of a Low Pay Commission in the Republic of Ireland and the renewed focus on low pay and a ‘living wage’ both in Ireland and the UK has revived a growing interest in policies that focus on providing adequate minimum levels of pay for all employees.

A new NERI research paper from Niamh Holton and Micheál Collins models the impact of an increase in the minimum wage to a level equal to two-thirds of median hourly earnings by 2020, a value equivalent to Eurostat’s definition of the Low Pay threshold.

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The National Living Wage - What will it mean for Northern Ireland

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Paul Mac Flynn

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The National Living Wage of £7.20 will come into force from tomorrow across the UK for those aged 25 and over. This new minimum wage rate will amount to an automatic increase of 50p per hour for the coming financial year and it is set to rise to £9 per hour by 2020. There has been much discussion of how workers and businesses will be affected by the NLW and this is particularly important for Northern Ireland as one of the lowest paid regions in the UK. In last December's Quarterly Economic Observer we outlined the impact of the NLW among employees and across industries. Overall 13% of workers in Northern Ireland would see an automatic increase in pay from this Friday. However the lower age limit of 25 will exclude some 50,000 workers who will remain on the current minimum wage of £6.70 per hour until November. It also does not take into account those who are currently paid above £7.20 per hour who may see a knock-on increase in their wages.

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Social Housing in Northern Ireland

Posted on March 03, 2016 by Paul Mac Flynn

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Social housing in Northern Ireland faces unique challenges over the coming years in terms of capacity, finance and delivery. Moreover there are questions over the structure of organisation who deliver social housing and how that could be amended to best suit future needs.
This InBrief looks to evaluate current social housing policy and whether Northern Ireland should look beyond the UK for best practice.
KEY POINTS

  • Northern Ireland is not at present providing an adequate supply of social housing.
  • Schemes for tenant purchase of social housing have depleted stock and should be suspended.
  • The reclassification of Housing Associations as public bodies disrupts the current financial model and calls into question the future role of the NIHE
  • There should be a broader role for Housing Associations beyond providing for low-income households.

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NERI Labour Market Conference 2016

Posted on January 26, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

University of Limerick - NERI Labour Market Conference in Kemmy Business School, University Limerick
NERI Labour Market Conference in Kemmy Business School, University Limerick

Call for papers
The fourth annual NERI Labour Market Conference will be held on Friday 13th May in association with University of Limerick Department of Economics at the Kemmy Business School . The conference will run from 11:00am-16.30pm and will include research papers on various aspects of the Irish labour market and Irish labour market policy.

The NERI Labour Market Conference is intended to provide a forum for the presentation of research papers on labour market issues (North and South) and is held in May each year. Presentations from researchers, academics, and labour market practitioners are invited for this forthcoming conference. Those interested should submit a title and brief abstract (max 400 words) to tom.mcdonnell@nerinstitute.net

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Tackling Economic Inequality

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Micheál Collins

Economic Inequality

One could write a book, indeed volumes, on the topic of economic inequality and its possible causes, implications and remedies. In a blog (based on a short input to a recent conference) it is only possible to point towards a number of key issues; specifically six core areas relevant to our thinking on how we might more comprehensively tackle economic inequality. The list is not intended to be either ordered or all-encompassing, rather it offers a number of policy pointers – particularly relevant to the evolving policy positions and thinking of various political parties in advance of Election 2016.

1. Jobs and Long-term Unemployment

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Minimum Wage Increase - who gains?

Posted on January 05, 2016 by Micheál Collins

January 1st saw a 50 cent  increase in the hourly Minimum Wage; the first since 2011. The increase to €9.15 per hour follows the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission.

A recent NERI Research inBrief estimates some of the effects of this increase. Specifically, it examines the average impact on the gross pay of minimum wage employees and the overall increase in the level of earnings for these employees.

The key points from the analysis are:

  • 75,000 employees work at the minimum wage.
  • Most are women (65%), most are aged in their 20s and 30s and large proportions of these employees work in sectors such as accommodation and food and wholesale and retail.
  • A 50 cent per hour increase in the minimum wage will result in:

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