The Hireland initiative was set up back in January to encourage businesses and SMEs to pledge jobs and hire new employees.
The initial aim was to get 5,000 job pledges by June, but this has been surpassed and the success of Hireland has led to 2000 people securing jobs.
While the focus of jobs pledged is mainly in cities like Dublin, Tipperary businesses have pledged 54 jobs, a lot of which have been filled but some jobs remain to be and details of these can be seen on Hireland.ie.
Some of the jobs in the Tipperary region include Woodcraft Design who pledge to hire one person in a manufacturing/fitting role in Ballina, Killaloe. Ireland Chaffeur Travel pledge to hire one person for sales and marketing by August 2012. Frontline Security pledge to hire two people in DSP Security in Thurles by end of March 2012, and Avon have pledged to hire in the South Tipperary area.
Co-founder of Hireland, Lucy Masterson said: “When we set off on this journey, we could never have imagined the extent of the support we have received from the Irish business community and the media industry. This truly is a people-powered movement which is being run on the goodwill of those with a can do attitude. Since its launch on the 16th of January this year, over 2,000 new people are taking home a weekly wage, which is just brilliant.”
Analysing the impact of the Hireland initiative on the Irish economy, The UCD Research Innovation Academy found that hiring one individual from the live register could result in increased public revenue of €379.63 per individual per week. At a rate of 32% of individuals hired off the live register, if Hireland were to reach its target of 5,000 jobs, this could result in annual savings of over €30,000,000 for the Irish economy.
Businesses can pledge jobs with Hireland at any time and the website is regularly updated.
Hireland is now planning to develop a network of volunteers across the Republic of Ireland.
Lucy Masterson said: “We believe that local communities have a passionate pride and self-belief. “The County Call” will harness this passion and add to the incredible results Hireland has already achieved - all we need is one person per county to help us kick-start the local movement. So we’re looking for one volunteer representative from each county who would act as the local Hireland lead.”
Those interested in getting involved as the local representative should log onto http://www.hireland.ie/yes-we-will for further details.
Closing dates for receipt of applications is 30th September 2012.
The Hireland initiative has also attracted international media attention and it featured in a BBC documentary recently addressing the global effects of unemployment. It’s being hailed as an example of how people powered movements can have a massive impact on economic stimulation.