Adeje: over 1,300 jobs created in 2015

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“Job creation is our priority” says Adeje councillor for job creation and economic development Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, who met recently with representatives of the business sector to review employment creation and training in 2015. As a result of council initiatives and partnerships with the private sector over 1,350 people did find jobs during the year, with over three-quarters of those people living in Adeje.

Among the sectors hiring, most found work in hostelry (40-31%), the service industry (19.19%), shops (13.47%) and agriculture (8.21%) with others finding work in construction, sales, and industry.

While most of those who found work live and are registered in Adeje, given the island-wide nature of the local employment agency and training courses, people from Guía de Isora, Arona, Granadilla, and other boroughs have also benefited from their participation.

According to the councillor there were also successful courses aimed at those who are on the margins of society, those in danger of social exclusion. Some of those courses were run in conjunction with the Red Cross and saw 92 individuals placed in jobs. There were also training programmes aimed directly at young people with no formal qualifications with over 100 of them now in their first jobs. The over-30s were offered training too in different service areas.

During 2015 over three thousand individuals took part in 180 different training schemes in the areas of hostelry and tourism, commerce and languages, new technologies and business assistance. There were also courses under the ‘Convive Adeje’ banner aimed at training individuals in promoting youth activities.

“One of the important axis of my department is business assessments, combining job creation projects and new companies with business skills, something that plays a key role in the economic advancement in the borough, engaging the development of economic activities that directly meet the needs of the local population”, continued Manuel Luis Mendéz Martín. During 2015 over 300 assessments were carried out and 335 new businesses created, meaning that there are now over two thousand businesses registered as active in the borough, “ an increase of 25% in business activity in the region compared to 2014”.

Adeje is Financially Stable

Adeje's Mayor, Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga and the Finance Councillor, Epifanio Díaz Hernández

Adeje’s Mayor, Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga and the Finance Councillor, Epifanio Díaz Hernández

The Adeje council have just announced that the borough has officially entered a period of financial stability, and tomorrow will vote to repay almost half of a credit loan. The council will pay back €3 million of a €6 million loan, cancelling out a large part of the borough’s debt.
According to the mayor Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga the cutbacks made throughout all the departments have seen the council bring the borough back to stability a year ahead of plan, and he says that they can now start to look at improving a number of local services. “Measures taken were effective, from better control of spending in all areas, the suspension, for instance, of Sunday rubbish collection, use of more efficient energy methods, reducing in leasing arrangements, the elimination of health insurance for administrative workers etc. The cuts were worth the effort and have allowed us achieve our economic objectives and guarantee fundamental services as well as now improving others.  These might not fall into the category of ‘essential’ but  we see them as very important because they are the backbone of our co-existence within the borough, services related to sport, culture or training” the mayor commented.
While the mayor mentioned his satisfaction at the good economic showing of all the council’s departments he said he was particularly pleased with the behaviour of Adeje’s residents, with a very high local tax payment rate.
According to the borough’s finance councillor, Epifanio Díaz Hernández, the early payment of half of the loan will save the council over €807,000 in interest payments.

 

Austerity Policies?

queueAre governments hiding behind austerity policies?

The latest unemployment statistics here in Spain made global headlines – over six million people  are currently out of work!  That’s a lot of people.  Many of those are young, many have no employment history to fall back on.  Here in the Canary Islands 34 per cent of the labour force are currently not in employment. That will leave scars on the population that will take more than words from Madrid to heal.

As the figures were announced the political reactions were swift, and despite their time in power and their introduction of game-changing labour reforms that, in effect, eased the path for employers to fire people who had been in long-term employment, the current administration blamed the previous one for the rise.  But such is politics.

It has also long been the fall-back position of political parties in power throughout recession-hit Europe to blame the world recession, bankers or other countries for national woes.  Ok, that does make some sense but is it fair to use external forces as a guilt blanket for all local problems?

Those countries who had had to look outside their national financial boundaries to Europe for assistance have also had to knuckle down and adopt those dreaded ‘austerity’ measures.  Again, the governments who must impose them are in a precarious position – having sought outside aid they must agree to certain conditions to satisfy the terms of the assistance, and also sell it to a jumpy electorate at home.  Perhaps here in Spain much of the ire currently directed towards the party in power is that there were many who believed that by voting the coservatives into power all would be well, jobs would be created, and while social policies might receive less attention, the economy would return to an even keel. 

So who is to blame for the current economic woes, not just in Spain, but in Europe and beyond? Do national governments have the right to blame others for economic and employment problems within their borders.

Tomrrow on English Time I hope to speak to Andrés Ortega, a writer and journalist. He has previously worked as Director in the Department of Studies and Analysis, Presidency of the Spanish Government for two different terms (1994-1996 and 2008-2011 – being a permanent advisor since 1990); Director of Foreign Policy Spanish Edition, published by FRIDE; and Editorialist and Columnist in the Spanish newspaper, EL PAÍS.

Tune it, English Time on Radio Sur Adeje, 107.9fm, at 1pm.

 

Up to €1 million in credit for small and medium enterprises

Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga and Microbank Managing Director Alberto López

Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga and Microbank Managing Director Alberto López

Good news for small and medium enterprises in Adeje.

Yesterday the council signed an agreement with Microbank with up to one million euros being made available to people in need of loans to maintain or start small businesses.  Companies employing or planning to employ up to 10 persons and with a turnover of €500,000 per annum can apply for the loans through the council and if approved will be given up to €25,000, without the need for guarantees, to be paid back at 8.25 per cent.

The new initiative will, it is hoped, both save and create jobs in Adeje.

Today on English Time, on Radio Sur Adeje, at 1pm,  you can hear an interview in English with both Alberto Lopez from Microbank and  Cesar Garcia Arnal from UPTA, the union of professionals and self employed giving more details of the scheme.