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JobsPlus Employer Incentive

https://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Jobs-Plus.aspxJobsPlus is an employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register. This incentive replaces the Revenue Job Assist and Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption Scheme from 1 July 2013. It is designed to encourage employers and businesses to employ people who have been out of work for long periods. Eligible employers who recruit full-time employees on or after 1 July 2013 may apply for the incentive.
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection pays the incentive to the employer monthly in arrears over a 2-year period. It provides 2 levels of regular cash payments €7,500 and €10,000.
Rules:

Employers

JobsPlus is available to all employers in the private (including commercial semi-state), community, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors. It is not open to public service employers. Employers can avail of Jobsplus when filling positions that arise as a consequence of natural turnover.

Employers must meet the following conditions:

  • The business must be registered as a PAYE employer with the Revenue Commissioners.
  • The employer must be compliant with Irish tax and employment laws. Employers will be asked to give permission to  the (DEASP)  to check their status with Revenue by supplying a  tax clearance  access number (TCAN) using Revenue’s on line service.
  • The employer must offer full-time employment of over 30 hours per week, spanning at least 4 days per week. The eligible employee must be on payroll and subject to PAYE and PRSI.
  • Employers must give details of their workforce prior to application, where an increase in the work force is not evident, employers will be asked to provide additional information to  DEASP to support the application.

Employees:

The following categories of employees are eligible for their employers to receive two differing levels of payment depending on their circumstances:

Since the 1st of January 2018 the eligibility criteria are:

A grant of €7,500 is payable over two years for the following categories of jobseeker:

  • Jobseekers under 25 years of age and on the live register for at least 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months. This element of the incentive is co-funded by the European Social Fund.
  • Jobseekers over 25 years of age and under 50 years of age who are on the live register and have been at least 12 months (312 days) unemployed in the previous 18 months.
  • Former one parent family payment customers whose youngest child is at least 7 years of age and under 14, who transfer to the live register and are now in receipt of Jobseekers allowance transitional payment; no qualifying periods applies.
  • Persons with refugee status and in receipt of Jobseekers allowance, no qualifying period applies.

A grant of €10,000 is payable over two years for the following categories of jobseeker:

  • Jobseekers under 50 years of age who are on the live register and have been at least 36 months (936 days) unemployed in the previous 42 months.
  • Jobseekers over 50 years of age who are on the live register and have been at least 12 months (312 days) unemployed in the previous 18 months.

For employments which commenced prior to 1st January 2018 the following conditions apply:

A grant of €7,500 is payable over two years for the following categories of jobseeker:

  • Jobseekers under 25 years of age and on the live register for at least 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months. This element of the incentive is co-funded by the European Social Fund.
  • Jobseekers over 25 years of age who are on the live register and have been at least 12 months (312 days) unemployed in the previous 18 months.
  • Former one parent family payment customers whose youngest child is 7 years of age or over who transfer to the live register and are now in receipt of Jobseekers allowance transitional payment; no qualifying periods applies.
  • Persons with refugee status and in receipt of Jobseekers allowance, no qualifying period applies.

A grant of €10,000 is payable over two years for the following categories of jobseeker:

  • Jobseekers over 18 years of age who are on the live register and have been at least 24 months (624 days) unemployed in the previous 30 months.

Rates:

If approved, the employer will receive the following payments over a 2-year period for each eligible person they recruit and retain in employment:

There are two levels of payment available depending on the circumstances of the applicant.

Since 1st January 2018 the payment levels are as follows:

Under 25 years of age, on the live register and unemployed for at least 104 days in the previous 6 months.€7,500
Over 25 years of age, on the live register and unemployed for at least 312 days in the previous 18 months.€7,500
In receipt of jobseekers allowance transition payment (no qualifying period applies).€7,500
Persons with refugee status and are in receipt of jobseekers allowance (no qualifying period).€7,500
Persons less than 50 years of age, on the live register and unemployed for at least 936 days in the previous 40 months.€10,000
Over 50 years of age, on the live register and unemployed for at least 312 days in the previous 18 months.€10,000

For employments which commenced prior to 1st January 2018 the following payment  levels apply:

Under 25 years of age, on the live register and unemployed for at least 104 days in the previous 6 months.

€7,500

Over 25 years of age, on the live register and unemployed for at least 312 days in the previous 18 months.

€7,500

In receipt of jobseekers allowance transition payment (no qualifying periods applies).

€7,500

Persons with refugee status and in receipt of jobseekers allowance (no qualifying period).

€7,500

Over 18 years of age on the live register and unemployed for at least 624 days in the previous 30 months.

€10,000

Payment will be made monthly in arrears by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) over a 24-month period. It will not be taxable for income or corporation tax purposes.

How to Apply:

Employers:

If an employer decides to recruit an additional employee, they can log on to jobsplus.ie and complete an online application form.

Candidate Employees:

Once preliminary interviews have been conducted and candidates have been shortlisted employers should then ask these candidates to log on to jobsplus.ie to check their eligibility for JobsPlus.

Where to apply:

Employers and jobseekers should register online at www.jobsplus.ie.

You can get further information about JobsPlus by logging on to www.jobsplus.ie, emailing Jobsplusinfo@welfare.ie or calling (071) 9672535 / 9672583.

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