Statement by Brendan Griffin TD Kerry
Monday, July 8th 2013JobsPlus a step in the right direction in tackling long-term unemployment – Griffin
Fine Gael TD for Kerry, Brendan Griffin, has today (Monday) welcomed the launch by the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, of JobsPlus, a new incentive to encourage businesses to hire employees who are currently on the Live Register in order to boost job creation and reduce long-term unemployment.
“I welcome today’s announcement by Minister Burton of an innovative new scheme designed to get long-term unemployed people off the Live Register and into gainful employment. This is a very positive development which will promote job creation and make it easier for prospective employers to conduct business, while at the same time giving job hunters a much needed helping hand back into the world of employment.
“Under this scheme, the State will cover approximately €1 in €4 of the typical cost of hiring someone who has been on the Live Register for 12 months or more. The incentive will be payable, on a monthly basis, over a two-year period and will provide two levels of payment:
·a payment of €7,500 over two years to the employer for each person recruited who has been unemployed for between 12 and 24 months
·€10,000 over two years to the employer for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 24 months
“This is a much-needed step in the right direction to tackling the jobs crisis the country has been engulfed in over the past number of years. Creating the right environment for businesses to hire workers is the number one priority for this Government and I am pleased that today’s announcement will go some way in assisting those who have been long-term unemployed.”
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