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Employment Supports available for Staff Recruitment

24 February 2015

Some of the ROI goverment support available for taking on staff may include the following;

JobBridge is the National Internship Scheme that provides work experience placements for interns for a 6 or 9 month period. 

The aim of the National Internship Scheme is to assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, either as new entrants to the labour market after education or training or as unemployed workers wishing to learn new skills. The Scheme will also give people a real opportunity to gain valuable experience to bridge the gap between study and the beginning of their working lives.

The Scheme provides for up to 8,500 work experience placements in the private, public, voluntary & community sectors. Interns receive an allowance of €50 per week on top of their existing social welfare entitlement. This is payable for the period of their internship.
JobBridge is the National Internship Scheme that provides work experience placements for interns for a 6 or 9 month period. http://www.jobbridge.ie/


JobsPlus is a new employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to jobseekers on the Live Register. Regular cash payments will be made to qualifying employers to offset wage costs where they employ eligible jobseekers.

JobsPlus is designed to encourage employers and businesses to focus their recruitment efforts on those who have been out of work for long periods. The level of payment is increased for the recruitment of those out of work for more than two years.

The Incentive will provide two levels of payment: a payment of €7,500 over two years to the employer for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 12 but less than 24 months and €10,000 over two years to the employer for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 24 months. The incentive will be payable monthly in arrears over a two year period.http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Jobs-Plus.aspx

The Wage Subsidy Scheme provides financial incentives to employers, to employ disabled people who work more than 20 hours per week.
A person on the Wage Subsidy Scheme is subject to the same conditions of employment as other employees. These conditions include PRSI contributions, annual leave, tax deductions and the going rate for the job.

Subsidies available through this scheme are Structured under 3 separate strands and employers can benefit under one or all, simultaneously.
Scheme Structure
Strand I subsidy is a general subsidy for any perceived productivity shortfall in excess of 20% for a disabled person, in comparison to a non disabled peer. An employee must work a minimum of 21 hours per week up to a maximum of 39 hours per week. The rate of subsidy is €5.30 per hour and is based on the number of hours worked, giving a total annual subsidy available of €10,748 per annum based on 39 hour week.

Strand 2 applies where a company employs more than two disabled people. The company can avail of a grant to cover the additional supervisory, management and other work based costs. This top-up is based on the overall number of disabled employees employed and will range on a sliding scale from an additional 10% of wage subsidy for 3 to 6 disabled employees to a maximum of 50% of wage subsidy for 23+ disabled employees.

Strand 3 is where an employer employs 30 or more disabled workers. The employer can avail of a grant of €30,000 per annum towards the expense of employing an Employment Assistance Officer. http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Wage-Subsidy-Scheme_holder_3176.aspx

others include:

Employment grants may be available through your Local Enterprise Office for jobs created of €7500/post- however be aware that the business needs to operate in the manufacturing or international tradable market sphere. Grant application forms may be accessed https://www.localenterprise.ie/

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