Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (138)

Andrew Doyle

Question:

138. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Social Protection if exceptions will be made through the jobbridge scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow who previously worked in the company; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18041/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I understand that in this case the employer concerned has ceased the employment of an existing worker with the intention of recruiting the same worker as an intern to perform the same work duties he performed as an employee.

The JobBridge scheme is intended to encourage employers to increase the size of their workforce and to give opportunities to unemployed people from the live register who might not otherwise be considered for employment.

The rules governing JobBridge were carefully designed to minimise unintended consequences such as displacement of existing jobs and workers.

Accordingly I will not make an exception in the case referred to by the Deputy.

Questions Nos. 139 and 140 withdrawn.