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Employment Schemes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 22 March 2022

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Questions (71)

Claire Kerrane


71. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Social Protection if she intends to carry out a review of the JobPath scheme when it ceases; if findings from a review will be used to inform the design and scaling up of job activation and employment services as set out in the Programme for Government; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14842/22]

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My Department previously undertook an evaluation of JobPath in partnership with the OECD.  The 2019 OECD econometric evaluation of JobPath published by the Department demonstrated that the outcomes for participating jobseekers, both in terms of employment and earnings, are better than those of non-participants.  Weekly earnings of people who secured employment after JobPath engagement are 17% higher than the weekly employment earnings of people who secured employment without the support of JobPath in 2018.

Taken with the 26% improvement in employment outcomes in the same period, it means the overall positive employment/earnings impact is 37% in 2018 for those who are supported by the JobPath service.  These findings demonstrate that jobseekers who engage with JobPath are significantly more likely to get a positive employment outcome than those not supported by the service.

The Department will be updating this exercise in the coming months and will continually review its employment service provision including the new services, which are currently being procured.  As per the Programme for Government commitments the Department is expanding and extending employment service provision so that for the first time the full range of employment services will be available to those furthest from the labour market across the entire State.

Question No. 72 answered with Question No. 43.