AN initiative to encourage employers to “hire instead of fire” has resulted in 91 jobs being pledged in Limerick in just six months.
Hireland is a not for profit movement aimed at encouraging employers to hire some of the thousands of skilled people who are out of work, with the thinking that if each company hires just one member of staff, the economy will get back on track.
The job pledges made on the hireland.ie web site have come from 21 companies across Limerick.
These include the Ripplecom broadband group in Raheen, the Strand Hotel in the city, Fleming Medical in the Dock Road, and Adare’s Dunraven Arms Hotel.
But by far the biggest pledges has come from Ballyneety businessman Darragh Bourke’s firm No Limit Promotions, which manages events for a variety of social gatherings.
Initially, he pledged to create one job by June. But he beat this target, instead hiring two full time staff.
Now, he plans to hire a whopping 40 promotions staff throughout the Munster region on a part-time basis.
As well as this, he is seeking to hire four sales executives by the time August is out.
“It is a fantastic idea, it is a not for profit initiative and the people [who set up Hireland] are working on a voluntary basis. The individuals who set it up have a focus that if each company creates just one job, we can get this country moving again,” Darragh explained.
Due to Darragh’s comprehensive job pledges, he has become the ambassador for Hireland in the Limerick area.
He will now be approaching businesses across Limerick with a view to getting them involved.
Over 5,000 jobs have been pledged nationwide, with 2,000 people now employed.