129 posts categorised "Publications"

02 April 2015

Northern Ireland economy- “times are tight, money is scarce, austerity is continuing.”

Northern Ireland continues to enjoy modest recovery and jobs growth, driven mainly by domestic consumption, according to the latest Northern Ireland Economic Outlook (NIEO) from PwC. The report says that job creation has returned to almost the pre-recession level with almost 24,000 new jobs in the past 24 months, while...

30 March 2015

Financial Services firms remain upbeat as profitability improves – CBI/PwC

Optimism across UK financial services rose strongly in the three months to March and profitability improved in most sectors, according to the latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey. However, despite overall business volumes continuing to increase, the pace of growth was the slowest in a year. Volumes were flat in banking...

25 March 2015

GB local authorities may copy Northern Ireland ‘super-councils’ to protect service delivery

Only one in ten council Chief Executives in GB are confident their council can protect frontline services in the face of continued austerity, according to PwC’s annual survey of local government leadership. Almost half of the council leaders in England Scotland and Wales say they expect to follow Northern Ireland’s...

23 March 2015

Average UK household debt to hit £10,000 by the end of 2016

The average UK household will owe close to £10,000 in unsecured debt by the end of 2016, according to PwC’s latest report on the Consumer Credit market. The report, Precious Plastic: How Britons fell back in love with borrowing; published today [Monday 23 March] says that, in cash terms, UK...

11 March 2015

New technologies drive new jobs in Northern Ireland and the UK regions

Over 5% of all Northern Ireland workers are in jobs that didn’t exist in 1990, according to a new report from PwC. PwC’s latest UK Economic Outlook (UKEO) says that, across the UK, around 6% of the workforce currently have jobs that didn’t exist in 1990. These range from software...

09 March 2015

Households are £370 a year winners as oil prices tumble.

If oil prices hold at their current low level, the average household’s spending power could rise by around £370 a year, according to analysis by PwC. Low oil prices could also boost UK GDP by as much as an additional 1% for every year they remain at current levels, and...

10 February 2015

UK will drop out of the world’s top 10 largest economies by 2050

The UK is predicted to drop out of the world’s top-10 largest economies by 2050, according to a new report from PwC. The World in 2050 report says that, over the next 35 years, global economic power will shift sharply away from the established, advanced economies in North America, Western...

02 February 2015

Don't be a victim - take part in the Information Security Breaches Survey 2015

Northern Ireland public and private sector organisations needn’t nod in the direction of recent victims like Sony Pictures, eBay and JP Morgan and assume a cybersecurity attack couldn’t happen here – it can; and it does; and what’s more, it’s becoming more frequent and the costs are spiralling upwards. Looking...

Good growth and Belfast as a regional capital

By Nick C Jones and Esmond Birnie Which city in the UK is sixth in our Good Growth for Cities Index and also on the ONS’ latest estimates of GVA per capita? The answer is, of course, Belfast. But how many investors, visitors and potential workers and residents know this?...

20 January 2015

CEO confidence high, but skills remain a key concern- Global CEO Survey

The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of UK companies are the most confident in Europe and amongst the most confident in the world, according to PwC’s 18th annual Global CEO Survey. However, government regulation, skills shortages, political uncertainty and cybercrime are growing worries for business leaders across the world, regardless of...