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11 November 2015

Housing and utility bills could account for over a quarter of UK consumer spending by 2020

Average real consumer spending growth to slow to around 2.3% pa in 2017-20 Northern Ireland GDP growth expected to average around 1.6% in 2015. Housing and utilities are projected to account for over 25% of total UK household spending by 2020, according to PwC’s latest UK Economic Outlook. (UKEO) Dr...

05 November 2015

Belfast amongst the UK’s top-10 most attractive cities for life and work.

Belfast is amongst the 10 best UK cities in which to live and work, according to a new report that ranks cities on a combination of economic performance and quality of life. Proving that there’s more to life than GDP, the 2015 Good Growth for Cities index from PwC and...

22 October 2015

UK could boost GDP by £55 billion by developing the economic potential of younger people

UK ranks 21st out of 34 OECD countries in PwC’s Young Workers index in 2014, down slightly from 20th place in 2006. Ireland ranks 19th and matching Germany could boost Irish GDP by around £5.8bn. Switzerland and Germany top the table, followed by Austria, Iceland, Norway and Canada. If the...

19 October 2015

There’s no such thing as a free lunch: so, why would you expect a free current account?

Consumer trust in their banks remains low. Against that backdrop now might not seem the most obvious time to be making the case to move away from the free banking model. The evidence, including PwC’s consumer research, suggests doing so is however necessary - both for the good of customers...

08 October 2015

UK businesses fail to take cyber security seriously

Nearly 10% of UK companies don’t know how many cybersecurity attacks they have had this year and, even after the fact, 14% don’t know how they happened. That’s according to, ‘Turnaround and Transformation’, the latest Global State of Information Security® Survey 2016, released today by PwC in conjunction with CIO...

25 September 2015

Businesses failing to exploit key customer and market data.

Iron Mountain and PwC launch new Information Value Index to help companies benchmark their performance Just four per cent of businesses are able to extract the full value from the information they hold, with over a third (36%) lacking the tools and skills they need to do so, according to...

06 August 2015

Productivity “single biggest challenge” to Northern Ireland’s recovery

Poor productivity remains the single biggest challenge to Northern Ireland’s sustained recovery, according to the latest economic assessment from PwC. PwC’s Northern Ireland Economic Outlook (NIEO) says that, while overall unemployment has fallen by over 10,000 since June 2014, it has remained the highest amongst the 12 UK regions for...

22 July 2015

Over half of UK of 20-39 year olds will comprise “Generation Rent” by 2025

By 2025, people in private rented accommodation may outnumber owner occupiers who are still paying off the mortgage on their house purchase, according to research from PwC. PwC’s latest UK Economic Outlook (UKEO), published today [22 July] says that, across the UK, household owner-occupation is projected to fall from a...

24 June 2015

Harnessing economic power of older workers could boost UK GDP by £100bn

If the employment rate for UK workers aged 55-69 matched that of Sweden, it could boost UK GDP by 5.4% or around £100 billion, according to new PwC analysis. Pro-rata and assuming that employment opportunities were available, that would deliver around an additional £2.5bn into the Northern Ireland economy. PwC’s...

22 June 2015

Why you can’t scare bankers into doing the right thing.

Employers in financial services who get tough about poor employee behaviours and performance may be fuelling a climate of fear that breeds even more unethical conduct - the opposite of what regulators, businesses and the public want. That’s according to a joint PwC and London Business School survey of more...
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