JobsPlus is a new cash incentive to encourage employers to employ jobseekers from the Live Register. The Department of Social Protection will pay the incentive to the employer monthly in arrears over a two-year period.
It will provide two levels of regular cash payments to employers depending on how long the jobseeker has been unemployed – €7,500 (paid over two years) for people who have been unemployed for a year and €10,000 (paid over two years) for people who have been unemployed for two years. The employee does not get any extra payment.
To qualify, both the employee and the employer must meet certain conditions.
Eligible employees must have been getting Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA), or signing for credits and:
Have been at least 12 months (312 days) on the Live Register in the previous 18 months or
Have been at least 24 months (624 days) on the Live Register in the previous 30 months
People who are taking part in internships under JobBridge and the Work Placement Programme (WPP) and who were getting a qualifying payment before their internship may be employed directly from these schemes once the required qualifying period and conditions are satisfied.
Employees can get confirmation of their eligibility for the JobsPlus scheme even if they have not yet found a suitable job.
A list of frequently asked questions for employees is available on the JobsPlus website, jobsplus.ie.
Eligible employers must be registered as a PAYE employer with the Revenue Commissioners and be compliant with Irish tax and employment laws.
The employer must offer employment of over 30 hours per week, spanning at least four days per week.
The eligible employee must be on the payroll and subject to PAYE and PRSI. A list of frequently asked questions for JobsPlus employers is available on the JobsPlus website, jobsplus.ie.
Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.
Know Your Rights has been compiled by Thurles Citizens Information Centre, 34/35 Croke Street, Thurles which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 0761 07 6510 Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm and Thursday night 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
Information is also available online at www.citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.