Dublin businesses in drive to cut capital's unemployment rate
ARNOTTS, The Westbury Hotel and Clerys are among the big businesses being urged to hire new recruits from the live register.
Tanaiste Joan Burton and her officials addressed more than 100 firms from around the capital on the grants and supports available - up to €10,000 - if an employee is taken off the dole queue.
The social protection minister said thousands of skilled and educated men and women are out of work and ready to be matched with potential employers.
"The Government is committed to strengthening the domestic economy and job creation remains our top priority, but with a renewed emphasis on making work pay for ordinary workers," Ms Burton told members of Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID).
"Every time you create a job you help us take one more step towards a sustained economic recovery.
"Every time we get 10,000 people to work and off the live register the saving is about €95m," she added.
The event, in Bank of Ireland's House of Lords on College Green, attracted a host of firms from the retail and hospitality sectors, as well companies like An Post and AA Ireland.
They were told how incentives like intern scheme JobBridge, which pays candidates €50 on top of a social welfare payment; JobsPlus, which gives firms a grant of up to €10,000 to off-set wage costs of someone who was long-term unemployed; and Jobs Ireland, a recruitment site that matches job-ready candidates with posts, were supporting workers and employers.
Paul Carroll, a divisional manager in the minister's department, said his team were also on standby to match jobs with potential employees in local offices nationwide.
Rejecting allegations JobBridge was bad for workers who were allegedly forced into free labour, he called it "a win-win" situation.
"I have only received a couple of complaints from interns and there's usually been a mismatch around the expectation the intern has of the job." he added.
"Don't over-sell it." he told employers.