IT giants' €50 jobs under fire
TOP multinational companies are under fire for offering at least 16 work placements under the Government's controversial JobBridge internship scheme.
The skilled roles are being offered at IT giants PayPal, IBM and Dell and require applicants to hold third-level degrees.
IT consultant IBM is offering eight internships.
Applicants will be expected to work 39 hours per week for a nine-month period and receive just €50 on top of their social welfare payment, as is standard under the JobBridge scheme.
An IBM spokesperson defended its decision to hire the interns and claimed many become full-time employees.
Dell is hiring six interns for nine and six month periods.
PayPal has also advertised for two business support interns.
Former Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said "this latest case" illustrates that "the public is facilitating these profitable multinationals to exploit the unemployed".
A spokesperson from the Department of Social Protection said the companies had been "positively" involved with JobBridge.