Overend calls for formal job creation targets

ULSTER Unionist Economy Spokesperson, Sandra Overend, has called on Invest NI to implement the recommendations of a report by the Public Accounts Committee to establish formal targets for job creation, sustainability, job quality and funds invested.

This follows a review of Invest NI’s performance by the Northern Ireland Audit Office.

The Mid Ulster MLA said she noted with interest the findings of the Public Accounts Committee report that Invest NI job performance targets could be perceived as ‘soft.’

“The Ulster Unionist Party had already submitted a motion for debate in the Assembly which states that ‘the lack of openness and transparency surrounding job creation targets and performance has been particularly unhelpful during the current economic climate’. In this motion we also call on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to address the ambiguity in relation to the number of jobs actually created in Northern Ireland,” she said.