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  • How social media in the workplace could be deleting our productivity - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    the pockets of nearly two thirds adults here up from 21 in 2011 Some 37 of Northern Ireland internet users say their smartphone is the most important device for staying connected compared to 26 who say laptops Linked to the rise in smartphone and tablet ownership there has been a marked increase in the amount of time people spend online up from 13 hours and 48 minutes a week to 21 hours and 36 minutes a week This is above the UK average and the highest of the four UK nations Facebook is the most popular social networking website with 65 of adults saying they have used it followed by WhatsApp 40 and Twitter 33 Nearly a quarter of adults 23 admit to being hooked on social media Interestingly LinkedIn usage here is lower per head of population than in the rest of the UK LinkedIn is the social network for business people so perhaps our lower usage is linked to our smaller private sector Or maybe it s something to do with our more modest nature making us less effective at marketing ourselves Of note also is that while the proportion of Northern Ireland people who report using the internet to buy goods and services is comparable to the UK average this is not the case when it comes to accessing government websites People here are less likely to do so than people elsewhere in the UK This raises the question as to whether in an era when cost savings in the public sector are very much to the fore government here is doing enough to maximise digital rather than more costly face to face interaction Are Northern Ireland government websites up to the mark Overall Ofcom s figures present an interesting narrative of Northern Ireland as a society getting up to speed with technological advances and benefits But we need to understand better why these are not resulting in productivity improvements More investigation is needed to find out WhatsApp with productivity In next week s Economy Watch in our Business Telegraph Food Special we hear from Danske Bank chief economist Angela McGowan From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More How the economic policy of President Sanders could shake the world By Angela McGowan This year has the potential to be a game changer At some point in June the UK electorate will decide if we are to remain EU citizens or

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  • Rewards for investors who get their heads in The Cloud - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    S P 500 numbers the technology sector including the companies already mentioned made a strong contribution to the performance of the overall index with a rise of nearly 18 The global economy may continue to see downward pressure on growth as the US and Europe are showing signs of slowing with China still trying to restart However in the short term the markets have been supported by Central Bank action The People s Bank of China announced a cut of 0 25 in one year lending rate and deposit rates From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More How the economic policy of President Sanders could shake the world By Angela McGowan This year has the potential to be a game changer At some point in June the UK electorate will decide if we are to remain EU citizens or cast ourselves adrift A vote for Brexit would not only be a severe Everyone can make a Fresh Start and turn 2016 into a success By Neil Gibson Christmas is a joyous time of the year but one I also find rather reflective It is a time to be thankful for what we have consider those less fortunate and set out resolutions and plans for the year ahead Just what can our economy build on from the business model of Lego By Esmond Birnie Around 45 billion Lego bricks are produced every year that s about seven for every person in the world s population And having overcome a serious financial crisis it won t be too long before the total A stable Executive and corporation tax control is a good start for 2016 By Angela McGowan Chief Economist Danske Bank We heard again during Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne s Autumn Statement that the economic plan is working which can largely be put down to the fact that the economic plan keeps Most Read Most Shared Most Commented How the economic policy of President Sanders could shake the world Economy Watch Why Northern Ireland housing market is miles off Britain s price boom Economy Watch Agri food sector has the innovative ingredients to build on its success Economy Watch A stable Executive and corporation tax control is a good start for 2016 Economy Watch Just what can our economy build on from the business model of Lego Economy Watch Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have

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  • Accept that mending the economy is going to hurt - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    what is in the report though as an economist it is important to point out the costing of some actions including the corporation tax reduction is not covered Helpfully the document suggests an increase in fees as a possible way to meet the higher education funding problem My personal view is that this would be welcome To paraphrase the movie Argo it is the best bad idea It would be wonderful not to need to raise fees but educating fewer people with substandard equipment and potentially a reduction in the quality of staff and encouraging a greater outflow of students to Great Britain seems a much much worse outcome than asking people to invest in their own future by means of a loan only repayable upon their expected success The first point in the CBI document is a push for setting of a rate and date for the reduction of corporation tax but the thorny issue of who pays is not addressed Would business give up some of their subsidies in return for a lower rate It is not surprising that the 12 step report does not detail costing options or volunteer businesses to take cuts We should expect most suggestions to side step funding issues or look to others to take the pain but ultimately we are all going to have to make some adjustments to realign the economy Northern Ireland is currently having a big conversation about education but really the same debate needs to happen about the wider economy collating all of the suggestions and determining an outcome that will probably not please everyone but at least it will be a choice If those choices cost more of our own money then perhaps in time we like Ireland will come out the other side and be able to roll back some of the taxes as we begin to enjoy the benefits of a more prosperous economy Related Content So what s the view from Dublin From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More How the economic policy of President Sanders could shake the world By Angela McGowan This year has the potential to be a game changer At some point in June the UK electorate will decide if we are to remain EU citizens or cast ourselves adrift A vote for Brexit would not only be a severe Everyone can make a Fresh Start and turn 2016 into a success By

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  • Major markets consolidate gains while focus shifts towards China - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    fell more than expected to 10 3 However as China seeks to develop stronger domestic demand it was positive that retail sales showed an increase of 10 9 in September up from 10 8 and higher than analysts expectations Continued improvement in domestic living standards will be needed to support political stability China is managing to continue to create jobs and provide growth in the service sector to compensate for weaker investment growth and industrial activity Although the rate of growth has slowed to below the Chinese government s target Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is unlikely to be the only suitor at the Chinese door Many countries are now pinning their hopes on stronger links with what is now a global economic power so as to benefit from growing Chinese consumer demand From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More How the economic policy of President Sanders could shake the world By Angela McGowan This year has the potential to be a game changer At some point in June the UK electorate will decide if we are to remain EU citizens or cast ourselves adrift A vote for Brexit would not only be a severe Everyone can make a Fresh Start and turn 2016 into a success By Neil Gibson Christmas is a joyous time of the year but one I also find rather reflective It is a time to be thankful for what we have consider those less fortunate and set out resolutions and plans for the year ahead Just what can our economy build on from the business model of Lego By Esmond Birnie Around 45 billion Lego bricks are produced every year that s about seven for every person in the world s population And having overcome a serious financial crisis it won t be too long before the total A stable Executive and corporation tax control is a good start for 2016 By Angela McGowan Chief Economist Danske Bank We heard again during Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne s Autumn Statement that the economic plan is working which can largely be put down to the fact that the economic plan keeps Most Read Most Shared Most Commented How the economic policy of President Sanders could shake the world Economy Watch Why Northern Ireland housing market is miles off Britain s price boom Economy Watch A stable Executive and corporation tax control is a good start for 2016

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  • Why attracting investment and jobs isn't just about low costs - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    with the assumption that the entire community will benefit from the firm s presence in the region The high road promotes quality high wage high skill high value added jobs over the opposite A topical example from the high road play book is that companies get supported if they commit to pay a living wage or pay higher than current average salaries ie they are enhancing what is here Can we say that has been the case in NI To me it does feel like we have spent a fair bit of time if not always on the low road certainly weaving between the high and the low Are there implications from weaving between the two for the economy Well it can result in an unfortunate scenario where we find ourselves investing heavily in striving to develop world class talent and infrastructure but not always matching that effort with the job opportunities or investors to match Is providing 1m in support to bring 250 jobs that pay an average of 16 000 per annum really where we want to be There are arguments for yes and no My own view is that there is space for a dual road approach but the policy makers need to have the earnest conversation As economic developers we need to revisit our objectives by taking account of our assets strengths and place in the world before setting the course of our economic strategies As our new councils go through the process of developing a series of integrated economic strategies there is an opportunity set a definite direction one that competes on the basis of quality innovation and the intelligence and hard work of our residents In next week s Economy Watch we hear from Neil Gibson from the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre Related Content What s the view from Dublin From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More How the economic policy of President Sanders could shake the world By Angela McGowan This year has the potential to be a game changer At some point in June the UK electorate will decide if we are to remain EU citizens or cast ourselves adrift A vote for Brexit would not only be a severe Everyone can make a Fresh Start and turn 2016 into a success By Neil Gibson Christmas is a joyous time of the year but one I also find rather reflective It is a time

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  • Belfast Telegraph Business - Northern Ireland Business News - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    its native population but also give opportunities to many other nationalities How migrants boost the economy while also building a better life It is difficult to consider statistics and trends when the harrowing picture of three year old Aylan Kurdi who drowned while trying to reach Greece has jolted me so severely and serves to remind that behind statistics and data are real people Economy Watch view from Dublin Almost 81 000 people left Ireland in the year to April almost 2 of the population and not much different from recent years But one cannot stop there Around 70 000 people entered the country which was an increase of almost 9 000 on 2014 Economy Watch view from Dublin A rose by any other name may smell as sweet but calling a nettle a rose does not make it so There can be a lot to a name Why slump shouldn t put us off doing business with China Napoleon allegedly said China is a sleeping giant Let her sleep for when she wakes she will move the world Well the sleeping giant is now well and truly awake and last week fears of economic turbulence were moving not just Chinese but global stock markets But why Economy Watch view from Dublin Economically Northern Ireland lost out on many of the benefits of post World War Two growth A long term decline in shipbuilding and associated industries together with textiles was not matched by a huge surge in other areas of economic activity The public sector grew especially in the 1970s in line with the Troubles as well as other factors We really need to think hard about the benefits of remaining in the EU Without doubt when things settle down after the UK s Labour Party leadership contest the Brexit debate will start to ramp up again With an In or Out referendum looming on the horizon I cannot help but feel that there is a need for a bit more public information on this topic Why small firms need more help to take part in recovery The latest Q2 2015 IntertradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor has been published and as always it makes for interesting reading As the survey is carried out every quarter and the sample size is 750 across the island of Ireland it is an invaluable insight into the issues facing Economy Watch view from Dublin We had a visitor from a Beijing think tank the other week She wanted to know the reasons behind the rapid Irish recovery from such a horrendous crash Why cities should drive growth and not rely on Stormont Thanks to my previous role as a city councillor I still get the odd phone call from former constituents asking me why their bin wasn t collected or why the grass verges on our roads are getting so long Depending on how irate they sound usually determines where I Political instability is causing damage to our economy The Northern Ireland economy is

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  • Belfast Telegraph Business - Northern Ireland Business News - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    the duty escalator a couple of years ago Economy Watch The view from Dublin Dublin must rise up One of the obvious conclusions to the rental conundrum in the Republic is that Dublin city is too low It s too flat If you ever get the chance to go up the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse you ll notice the views out over the city are lovely but the city it is not high enough Economy watch Executive should follow Scotland model Last year s Scottish Independence Referendum and May s General Election focused the spotlight on Scotland and the nation s seeming willingness to take much greater responsibility for tax raising and fiscal management Economy Watch The view from Dublin Efforts to punish the prudent and force them to spend their savings are not working The latest figures from the Central Bank show that the sum of household savings is now within spitting distance of 93bn 68bn This is the figure for April and is up a mighty 733m 536m on the total for the previous month The good the bad and the ugly of a financial climate that relies on developments in Having just emerged from one of the worst recessions for roughly 80 years it is a little strange that Northern Ireland s economic destiny is now looking precarious because of politics Economy Watch the view from Dublin Patrick Neary was eager to set the record straight I became aware of it that s when they were discontinued Defining theme of the Conservatives next five years in power will be choices and hard The UK s electorate has spoken and we now have a clear view of what direction economic policy will take over the next five years The Conservatives have pledged to balance the books by reducing spending and this means more austerity Economy Watch The view from Dublin If I d known the bus was coming I d have waited Just a couple of weeks after trekking through the undergrowth of low wages and living wages along comes a shiny new vehicle from the OECD with Minimum Wages on its destination blind Economy watch Hokey Cokey continues over EU membership They say a week is a long time in politics Almost two weeks have passed since the shock election result delivered the first majority Conservative government since 1992 Economy Watch the view from Dublin Perhaps the greatest failing of economists internationally and in Ireland before 2007 was a blindness to how big an impact the financial system has on the real economy more Previous 1 2 3 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented How the economic policy of President Sanders could shake the world Economy Watch Agri food sector has the innovative ingredients to build on its success Economy Watch Why Northern Ireland housing market is miles off Britain s price boom Economy Watch A stable Executive and corporation tax control is a good start for 2016 Economy Watch Just what can our

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  • Why Northern Ireland housing market is miles off Britain's price boom - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    to leverage borrowing Their ability to borrow has now been reduced substantially and with 2 5bn less rent per year the Office of Budgetary Responsibility estimates that housing associations will have to backtrack on plans to build 14 000 homes next year The National Housing Federation however estimates that 27 000 fewer houses will be built because of Chancellor George Osborne s latest policy There were other measures too in the budget such as plans to require social landlords to charge higher income tenants a market rent But I guess at this point the reader is already starting to see how rising prices rising rents and limited supply in GB are not being helped by Government policy In Northern Ireland housing policy is a devolved issue so there are limits to the damage that Mr Osborne can do to the Northern Ireland housing market However it should be noted that the local market is in much better shape than the GB equivalent when it comes to both supply of housing and price levels Despite the recent rebound standardised house prices across Northern Ireland remain affordable There is of course variability across regions with the outer Belfast standardised price in Quarter 1 this year reported to be 124 886 while in the North of Northern Ireland the standardised price was 102 115 In terms of affordability the picture is good During the boom years house prices were more than nine times the median salary level but house prices are currently 4 5 times the median level of earnings and massive price rises are not expected or wanted in the foreseeable future Danske Bank forecasts suggest that local prices will rise by a much more sustainable 3 5 per year between 2016 and 2020 Angela McGowan is chief economist with Danske Bank From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More How the economic policy of President Sanders could shake the world By Angela McGowan This year has the potential to be a game changer At some point in June the UK electorate will decide if we are to remain EU citizens or cast ourselves adrift A vote for Brexit would not only be a severe Everyone can make a Fresh Start and turn 2016 into a success By Neil Gibson Christmas is a joyous time of the year but one I also find rather reflective It is a time to be thankful for what we have

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