Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (469, 470, 471, 472, 473)

John Brady

Ceist:

469. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons referred to JobPath; the number of persons referred twice, three and four times, respectively, having already spent at least one year on the scheme previously, in tabular form. [48686/19]

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John Brady

Ceist:

470. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of registration fees paid in respect of JobPath referrals since 2015; the number of registration fees paid in respect of the same person twice, three and four times, respectively, in circumstances in which the person had spent at least one year on the scheme previously, in tabular form. [48687/19]

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John Brady

Ceist:

471. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons referred to JobPath in the first year; and the number of those referred in the first year who sourced employment that was sustained for 52 weeks, in tabular form. [48688/19]

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John Brady

Ceist:

472. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons referred to JobPath in the second year; and the number of those referred in the second year who sourced employment that was sustained for 52 weeks, in tabular form. [48689/19]

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John Brady

Ceist:

473. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons referred to JobPath in the third year; and the number of those referred in the third year who sourced employment that was sustained for 52 weeks, in tabular form. [48690/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 469 to 473, inclusive, together.

As the Deputy will be aware, the primary purpose of JobPath is to provide a case management based employment advice and counselling service to long term unemployed jobseekers. Between July 2015 and October 2019, some 247,296 jobseekers had commenced their engagement period with the JobPath service. Of this number, 52% were unemployed for over three years. This group, in particular, faces significant barriers when seeking to enter or return to employment in the labour market.

The numbers of clients to engage with the JobPath service for the first three years and their employment outcomes are set out in Table 1 below. It should be noted that many clients who are currently engaged with JobPath are still in the first phase of the service. They have not had sufficient time with the service to have gained employment nor sustain that employment for up to 52 weeks. Furthermore, as many clients who have commenced employment will have done so less than 52 weeks ago the numbers sustaining employment for 52 weeks is expected to increase over time. This is particularly relevant for those clients who commenced an engagement with the service in 2018.

The number of Jobseekers engaged with JobPath and the number of current subsequent engagements is set out in Table 2 below.

The number of registration fees paid in respect of JobPath referrals since 2015 as well as the number of registration fees paid in respect of the same person twice, three and four times are set out in Table 3 below. Registration fees are incurred when a client engages with the JobPath service and agrees a personal progression plan. However, due to the validation process there is a time difference between the date of the client engagement and the payment of the registration fee.

I trust that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Table 1: Jobseekers engaged with JobPath & Outcomes Years 1 - 3

For the purposes of the JobPath Contracts 2015 and 2016 are considered to be Contract Year 1, however, for convenience the table below is presented by calendar year.

Contract Year

Year

Jobseekers engaged with the JobPath service

Number of Job Starts (One per referral*)

Numbers who sustained 52 weeks Employment (to date)

Year 1

2015

6,591

1,659

644

Year 1

2016

65,461

14,413

5,432

Year 2

2017

74,869

21,618

8,762

Year 3

2018

60,848

14,505

3,021

*Jobseekers may have multiple job starts during an engagement period, however, for the purposes of the above statistics only one job start per referral has been counted.

Table 2: Jobseekers engaged with JobPath & the current number of re-engagements

No.

Total number of Jobseekers engagements with JobPath July 2015 - End-October 2019

247,296

Total number of Jobseekers to complete at least one full engagement period with JobPath.

138,446

Total number of Jobseekers currently engaged with service for the 2nd time having previously completed one full engagement period.

27,490

Total number of Jobseekers currently engaged with service for the 3rd time having previously completed two full engagement periods.

1,555

Table 3: Registration Fees Processed for payment July 2015 - End October 2019

Registration Fees Processed for payment July 2015 - November 2019

Total Number of Unique Clients

Total Registration Fees paid

1 registration fee paid only

156759

156759

2 registration fees paid only

42060

84120

3 registration fees paid only

1972

5916

4 registration fees paid only

14

56

Totals

200805

246851