A number of state assistance programmes for employers are now available:

JobsPlus Incentive

JobsPlus is an incentive from the Department of Social Protection which offers a financial support to employers who employ qualifying people on the Live Register. JobsPlus offers payments of €7,500 and €10,000 per qualifying employee if a person who suits your requirements for a job has been unemployed for greater than 12 months (or 4 months in the case of people under 25 yrs. of age). In order to qualify for JobsPlus, an eligible employer must offer full time employment of at least 30 hours per week, spanning at least four days per week to qualifying recruits. To become an approved employer, register at www.jobsplus.ie

Frequently Asked Questions on JobPlus for employers is available at www.jobsplus.ie or by emailing [email protected]

Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS)

The Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) is a new work experience placement programme which is specifically targeted at young jobseekers aged 18-24 years of age who are long-term unemployed or who face barriers to employment. The YESS will aim to provide jobseekers with the opportunity to learn basic work and social skills in a supportive environment while on a work placement. The scheme will provide a supportive structure for Participants, including case officer support for both Placement Hosts and jobseekers. The programme is co-funded with the EU as part of the ESF Programme Payment is made to the participant by the DEASP while they are on the scheme.

Full details available at this link http://m.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Youth-Employment-Support-scheme-YESS.aspx

Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)

The Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS) provides financial incentives to private sector employers to employ people with a disability who work 21 hours per week or more, up to a maximum of 39 hours per week.

An employee with a disability on the Wage Subsidy Scheme is subject to the same conditions of employment as other employees. These conditions include PRSI contributions being paid and tax deductions being made in respect of the employment, as well as the employee having the same annual leave and other leave entitlements as other employees of that employer. The employer must pay the employee with a disability the going rate for the job, which must be at least the statutory minimum wage. These terms and conditions of employment should be set out in the employee’s contract.

The financial supports for employers available through this scheme are structured under three separate strands and employers could benefit under one strand or under two or three strands simultaneously, as the case may be.

Full details available at this link http://m.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Wage-Subsidy-Scheme_holder_3176.aspx