Catch it while you can but most pay rises will likely be small and hard won

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks as though pay rises are finally back on the agenda. With most workers having seen a substantial drop in liv(...)

Small Firms Association director Patricia Callan says “small firms have now moved from survival mode, to focusing on how they can grow their market share”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two-thirds of small firms are optimistic of growing this year, with just 6 per cent reporting continuing retrenchment in their business, according t(...)

SME representative association ISME has warned its members about following the lead of larger companies by increasing wages

Irish small and medium sized enterprises are being urged to hold wages level, despite growing momentum favouring wage hikes.In its wage rate expectati(...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding. The association said recovery in the SME sector is strengthening and beginning to extend across the sector. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Recovery in the SME sector is strengthening and beginning to extend across the sector, becoming more broad based, according to the latest quarterly bu(...)

The survey found 39 per cent of businesses had been impacted by crime in the past 12 months. Photograph: Frank Miller/ Irish Times

Business owners are not reporting crime because they have no faith that the perpetraters will be apprehended or prosecuted, the Irish Small and Medium(...)

Aer Lingus has claimed that revised rosters being sought by cabin crew at the airline would see them receive an additional 32 paid days off.

MARTIN WALL, Industry CorrespondentAer Lingus has claimed that revised rosters being sought by cabin crew at the airline would see them receive an add(...)

The cost of living increased slightly last month compared with December 2012 but prices were unchanged compared to November, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office .

The cost of living increased slightly last month compared with December 2012 but prices were unchanged compared to November, figures released by th(...)

While business confidence among small- and medium-sized enterprises has increased significantly in the last year, economic uncertainty is at the lowest level since 2007. Photograph: Collins Photos

Uncertainty about the economic environment remains a major concern for business owners, with an upturn not being felt equally across all sectors, acco(...)

Brendan Ogle, secretary of the ESB Group of Unions: “Why there are drawings of me in the papers pulling out the Christmas lights, I don’t know.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Potential strike action at the ESB will not lead to a Christmas blackout although the exact timing of any power cuts has yet to be outlined, the secre(...)

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said today’s budget would go some way towards helping Ireland to regain its competitiveness. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reaction from the business community to today’s budget was mixed. The retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector was broadly welc(...)