JobsPlus ‐ the incentive scheme to encourage businesses to recruit long term unemployed – has benefited 290 people in Galway and Mayo since its introduction in July 2013.
In Galway 157 companies are participating in the scheme providing employment to 194 jobseekers while in Mayo 73 companies are providing employment for 96 jobseekers under the scheme. The figures were provided by the Minister for Social Protection, Tanaiste Joan Burton when answering a question I tabled in the Dáil recently.
Unlike some previous employment initiatives Jobs Plus is very user-friendly and straightforward which has contributed to its success.
The objective of JobsPlus is to provide a simple, easily understood and attractive scheme that will encourage employers to recruit from the cohort of the long term unemployed. From the figures provided to me by Minister Burton it’s clear that JobsPlus is being accessed by employers and that it is directly benefiting jobseekers.
The typical value of the incentive for a local business over a two year period is circa 23 per cent of the gross minimum wage cost – in effect the State pays €1 of every €4 it costs the employer to recruit the person off the Live Register. However, this investment by the State has a number of benefits including reducing the Social Welfare budget by reducing the number of people on the Live Register but also increasing job creation by helping businesses across Galway and Mayo to take on jobseekers.
The Action Plans for Jobs contains hundreds of measures aiming to stimulate job creation and getting people back to work which is so vital. The success of JobsPlus is indisputable and I would encourage more businesses in the West to consider taking part in the scheme.
JobsPlus is payable, on a monthly in arrears basis, over a two year period.
It is targeted at the long term unemployed with the value of the incentive increasing at two levels:
· In respect of recruits unemployed for more than 12 but less than 24 months: €7,500
· In respect of recruits unemployed for more than 24 months: €10,000
Dáil Question and Reply:
Question No: 154
To the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection
To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of JobsPlus positions, as distinct from the companies which are participating, which have been taken up in counties Galway and Mayo; and if this scheme is kept under review to ensure that the widest possible number of organisations may avail of it.
– Seán Kyne.
R E P L Y
At the end of October 2014, JobsPlus supported 96 positions in Co Mayo and a further 194 positions in Co Galway. The number of businesses supported was 157 in Galway and 73 in Mayo.
JobsPlus is promoted to businesses in a variety of ways, including through the Department’s employer engagement teams at national and regional level working directly with employers and representative bodies. These teams provide a range of advice on services and supports available to meet their recruitment needs, including JobsPlus. In addition, the Department regularly presents to industry groups and employer fora on the supports available from the Department and other State agencies.
At the end of October 2014, JobsPlus provided grants to 2,576 employers in respect of 3,418 employees who were previously long-term jobseekers. Over sixty per cent of the employees supported were previously unemployed for two years or more.