Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ceisteanna (223)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

223. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of casual, part-time employees in receipt of social welfare payments such as jobseeker's allowance, jobseeker's benefit and family income supplement, by the 20 largest private sector employers and occupation type; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10352/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

At the end of January 2018, there were 50,231 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register. Equivalent figures for all months from May 2002 to January 2018 are published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), based on returns made to them by my Department, in Table 7 of the Live Register statistical release (available at http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/lr/liveregisterjanuary2018/).

A tabular statement giving a breakdown of this total by last held occupation prior to commencement of Jobseeker claim is attached. This occupational breakdown for casual and part-time workers on the Live Register is fully consistent with the occupational breakdown for the Live Register as a whole published in Table 5 of the CSO’s Live Register statistical release.

I note, however, that this table may not reflect the current occupational status of casual and part-time workers where this is different from their stated last held occupation at claim commencement.

Meanwhile, I regret that the breakdown requested by 20 largest employers is not available either in my Department or through the data published by CSO.

In relation to other benefits, I note the definition of ‘casual and part time workers’ used by my Department and published by CSO:

People who work for part of a week may be eligible for Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance and may also be included on the Live Register, if the Department of Social Protection is satisfied that they are not in full-time employment, are available for work and are looking for full-time employment.

This definition excludes Systematic Short Time workers in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit (there were 426 such people at the end of January 2018), as well as all those who are in receipt of benefits which allow the recipient to work or study full-time while retaining benefit eligibility, such as Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Back to Education Allowance or One-Parent Family Payment.

In particular, only people who work 38 or more hours per fortnight in a job which is likely to last at least 3 months are eligible to receive Working Family Payment (formerly known as Family Income Supplement), so that it is not possible for a casual worker to be in receipt of this benefit.

Tabular statement

Table 1 - Casual Workers on the Live Register by Last Held Occupation and payment type, January 2018

Broad occupational group prior to start of claim

(CSO categorisation)

Casual Jobseekers Allowance

Casual Jobseekers Benefit

Grand Total

Associate Professional And Technical Occupations

789

363

1,152

Clerical And Secretarial Occupations

3,119

1,786

4,905

Craft and Related Occupations

7,917

1,775

9,692

Managers and Administrators

703

528

1,231

Other Occupations

4,013

771

4,784

Personal And Protective Service Occupations

8,058

2,533

10,591

Plant And Machine Operatives

6,099

1,637

7,736

Professional Occupations

1,461

993

2,454

Sales And Customer Service Occupations

5,018

1,424

6,442

Unknown or no stated occupation or those who never worked

1,163

81

1,244

Grand Total

38,340

11,891

50,231