Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Ceisteanna (199)

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

199. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if Enterprise Ireland requires a company not to have zero-hour contracts in place as part of its conditions of giving that company grant aid; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40790/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

Enterprise Ireland does not support zero hour contracts due to the requirements set out under EU State Aid Rules and in line with the agency’s policy. Under EU State Aid rules, Enterprise Ireland can only provide support against actual wage costs calculated over a two-year period. The jobs must be maintained in the SME for 3 years or in a large company for 5 years. In addition, under Enterprise Ireland policy, the supported salary costs must be above the minimum wage salary, applicable in Ireland, for the job to be eligible for support.