Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2787, 2790)

John Brady

Ceist:

2787. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of times that Seetec and Turas Nua flagged to her Department a participant that was not engaging with the JobPath service in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33680/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

John Brady

Ceist:

2790. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of job starts commenced through JobPath to date; the length of time these jobs have been sustained; and the type of employment gained. [33682/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2787 and 2790 together.

Between July 2015 and June 2019, some 231,547 jobseekers had commenced their engagement period with the JobPath service. Of this number, 52% were unemployed for over three years. These groups face significant barriers when seeking to enter or return to employment in the open labour market. The number of non-engagements reported to the Department by Seetec and Turas Nua by year is set out in table 1. The 95,880 jobseekers have, on at least one occasion, failed to engage with the JobPath providers. The majority of these non-engagements are for missed appointments that were subsequently re-scheduled. To date, some 52,794 jobseekers have commenced employment during their engagement period with JobPath. Of this number, 47,082 had commenced full-time employment and 5,712 had commenced part-time employment. Many clients who are currently engaged with JobPath are still in the first phase of the service and have not had sufficient time with the service to have gained employment nor sustain that employment for up to 52 weeks. Performance will improve as more clients complete their engagement with the service and have a chance to reach 52 weeks in employment. My Department does not maintain statistics on the specific types of employment commenced through JobPath. However the recent econometric review of JobPath noted that the weekly employment earnings of people who secured employment with the JobPath service 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 indicate that jobseekers who engage with JobPath are more likely to get a positive employment outcome than those jobseekers who are not supported by the service.

Table 1: Jobseekers reported as not engaging by year of referral

Year

Jobseekers

2015

943

2016

23,125

2017

33,883

2018

29,576

2019

8,353

Total

95,880

Table 2: Jobseekers engaged with JobPath and full time employment outcomes

Weeks

Jobstarts

Total number of Job starts

52,794

13 weeks or more

Number of job starts which occurred over 13 weeks ago

49,952

Number of those which sustained for 13 weeks

32,089

26 weeks or more

Number of job starts which occurred over 26 weeks ago

46,412

Number of those which sustained for 26 weeks

24,726

39 weeks or more

Number of job starts which occurred over 39 weeks ago

43,090

Number of those which sustained for 39 weeks

19,608

52 weeks or more

Number of job starts which occurred over 52 weeks ago

38,300

Number of those which sustained for 52 weeks

15,302

Question No. 2788 answered with Question No. 2659.