Figures show Galway as third most popular county for take-up of Incentive
Recently in the Dáil I raised the progress of JobsPlus with the Minister for Social Protection, Tanaiste Joan Burton. Figures show that JobPlus is supporting 230 companies to employ 293 workers in Galway and is supporting 122 companies in Mayo in employing 155 workers.
The JobsPlus Incentive has been supporting job creation in Galway and Mayo since its introduction in July 2013. The figures for Galway and Mayo are very encouraging and show an increase of 73 companies and 99 workers in Galway since last November and an increase of 49 companies and 59 workers in Mayo for the same period.
JobsPlus has been designed to provide an easily accessible and attractive incentive to encourage employers to create jobs and recruit directly from the Live Register. Under the Incentive, the State supports a position for a two year period providing up to €1 out of every €4 in terms of the cost of employment to the employer.
The benefits outweigh this investment as the Incentive supports local businesses but also provides employment opportunities and financial independence for nearly 300 workers and their families in Galway.
JobsPlus is one of the important measures in the Action Plan for Jobs which are stimulating job creation and driving our economic recovery. The West Action Plan for Jobs, launched in the past month, will continue this and intensify the focus on job creation in our region.
Dáil Question and Reply, including table of participants
Question No: 79
To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will report on progress of JobsPlus; if she will report on the number of positions; the number of companies participating on a county basis at present; and the numbers in total to date to have availed of the scheme – Seán Kyne.
Reply – Minister Joan Burton:
The JobsPlus incentive is designed to encourage employers and businesses to focus their recruitment efforts on those who have been out of work for long periods or on young people seeking work. JobsPlus provides a direct monthly financial incentive to employers in the form of a monthly grant paid over two years. Two levels of grant are payable – €7,500 or €10,000 – depending on the length of time the person is unemployed and provided the employment is maintained. Eligibility was broadened during 2015 to include young jobseekers (under 25 year olds) unemployed for four months or more in the previous six months and jobseekers transitioning from a one parent family payment.
Since the incentive began in July 2013 up to end September 2015, the Department has made total payments of €29.4m to just over 5,400 employers in respect of just over 7,900 employees. Payments totalling just under €2.1m were made to 3,954 employers in respect of 5,403 employees in September 2015. Overall, in 2015, am amount of €25.5m has been provided for JobsPlus, with payments to end September totalling €16.6 million in the year to date.
The distribution of payment by county made in September 2015 (latest figures available) is set out in the table below.