Sunday 19 November 2017

Just 327 apply for new jobs scheme

John Drennan

John Drennan

A NEW Social Protection scheme where employers are paid directly by the State to take long-term unemployed off the Live Register has received just 327 applications.

The scheme was launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton earlier this month.

Under the Jobs Plus scheme, employers are paid €7,500 over two years if they hire someone who has been on the unemployment register for between one or two years.

Employers receive a higher payment of €10,000 if they give work to someone who has been on the register for more than two years. More than 700 unemployed jobseekers have contacted the scheme since its launch this month to see if they qualify.

Ms Burton has pledged to get 75,000 people off the Live Register by 2015.

Sunday Independent

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