Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (303)

John Lyons

Question:

303. Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Social Protection if staff are being assigned specifically to meet the demands of employers seeking information on JobsPlus and other schemes during the development of Intreo offices; if there is a specific contact point for employers at each Intreo office; and if sufficient information and printed material are available at each office for employers. [4854/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

A dedicated Employer Engagement Unit was established in 2012 to coordinate the Department’s engagement with employers. The unit includes staff dealing with JobBridge, the European Job Mobility Portal (EURES), and the National Contact Centre, which hosts the Jobs Ireland website, as well as staff providing policy and coordination support to employer engagement across the country. There are over 35 staff working in the Employer Engagement Unit.

In addition there are approximately 400 staff in the Department’s regional divisions who work on employment services with both employers and jobseekers. As part of this structure there are 13 dedicated officers at senior management level leading the engagement process with employers at a divisional level. My Department has also produced an Employer Pack with information about the range of supports and services provided by the Department at no cost to employers. The Employer Pack is available to download at http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Employer-Pack.aspx.