InterTradereland’s quarterly Business Monitor survey is the largest and most comprehensive business survey on the island covering business owner’s views both Northern Ireland and Ireland from interviews conducted with more than 750 SMEs. It differs from other surveys by feeding directly from telephone interviews conducted with a robust sample of businesses across a range of sectors. It has a lengthy time series of six years and tracks all-island economic indicators such as sales, employment, business outlook and other specific topical issues on a quarterly basis.
The latest quarterly Business Monitor Report (October – December 2016) shows business are moving into challenging times from a position of relative strength. The number of companies across the island reporting stability or growth in the last quarter has remained fairly constant at 84 per cent; however exporters continue to fare better than non-exporters with 51 per experiencing growth compared to 36 per cent. There is an emerging trend in the number of construction businesses reporting difficulties in recruiting skilled staff. Over a third of companies in the sector (37 per cent) are reporting difficulties recruiting skilled labour, with 33 per cent citing a lack of appropriate skills in their current workforce.
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