The Annual Competitiveness Report 2008 from the National Competitiveness Council was released today. Lots of interesting facts and figures, especially those relating to benchmarking Ireland’s competitiveness. A link to the report can be found here .
I am struck by the high energy costs in this country relative to our trading partners. The electricity bill at some large manufacturing plants here must be eye-popping.
Also, there is a welcome call for reform in sheltered services sectors such as the professions, where costs are high compared with those abroad. This is an issue that probably deserves more attention.