Employers to get €10k subsidy to hire long-term unemployed over 50
An enhancement of the JobsPlus scheme
EMPLOYERS will get a €10,000 subsidy to hire long-term unemployed workers who are over 50.
Employment and Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said the measure is an enhancement of the JobsPlus scheme to support older workers.
A new Youth Unemployment Support Scheme will also be rolled out next year for long-term unemployed young people.
"Working families are the backbone of the Irish economy," she said.
She said other measures to support those on lower incomes include a 30c increase in the minimum wage to €9.55 an hour.
The minister said the Back to Work Family Dividend that was due to end in March next year will be kept in place.
In other social welfare changes, payments are to increase by €5 per week, but recipients will have to wait until the last week of March 2018 for the changes to come into effect.
The Christmas Bonus for welfare recipients will be paid at 85pc again this year.