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Here are some of the factors influencing the sustainable development of the manufacturing industry in Northern Ireland. Read them careully and choose those that interest you. Then make your own report on the sustainable development of manufacturing in Northern Ireland

The international image of N.I. as a politically troubled region.
Continuation of the ceasefires and political stability.
N.I. has a young workforce. 46% are under 30 years of age.
School leavers out-perform the rest of the U.K. in national exams.
Is our education system delivering the IT skills companies are looking for?
Increased industrial activity may have a negative impact on the natural environment affecting quality of life now and in the future.
Increased industrial activity may have a negative impact on local agriculture and tourism.
N.I's position on the fringe of Europe increases our transport costs.
Salaries in N.I. are lower than other regions of the U.K. and Republic of Ireland.
Salaries in N.I. are 35% lower than in the U.S.A.
Demand for better living standards may push up salaries in N.I.
Industrial disputes are rare in N.I.
Employee turnover rates are among Europe's lowest.
The global slowdown in the demand for new computers may affect N.I.'s new IT companies.

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