Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Ceisteanna (351)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

351. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the uptake to date under the JobsPlus scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24750/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

JobsPlus provides a direct monthly financial incentive to employers who recruit employees from those who are long-term on the live register (LR). The incentive is payable, on a monthly basis, over a two year period if the employee is retained in full-time employment for two years. JobsPlus is biased in favour of those who are longer term unemployed. The value of the aggregate monthly payments is €7,500 for employing a jobseeker 12 to 24 months on the LR and €10,000 if the jobseeker was on the LR for over 24 months. Since its launch in July 2013, JobsPlus is supporting some 2,385 jobseekers in full-time employment with 1,811 employers nationally. Some 60% of jobseekers being supported had been on the LR for over 24 months at the time of recruitment.

At the end of May 2014, payments under the JobsPlus scheme thus far amounted to approx. €4.5 million. Progress is detailed on the following table.

TABLE: JobsPlus - Numbers Supported

Month

Employees supported

Business supported

Grants paid

August 2013

85

78

31,771

September 2013

235

208

88,031

October 2013

517

456

194,063

November 2013

844

707

316,772

December 2013

1,114

888

418,856

January 2014

1,286

1,117

483,440

February 2014

1,589

1,230

596,357

March 2014

1,874

1,434

704,066

April 2014

2,115

1,611

794,691

May 2014

2,385

1,811

896,254

Question No. 352 answered with Question No. 343.