Support Schemes for Employers
JobsPlus is an employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to the long term unemployed. This incentive replaced the revenue job assist and employer job (PRSI) exemption scheme from 1st July 2013. Regular cash payments will be made to qualifying employers to offset wage costs where they recruit jobseekers from the live register.
This incentive is designed to encourage employers and businesses to focus their recruitment efforts on those who have been out of work for long periods. The level of payment is increased for the recruitment of those out of work for more than two years.
This incentive is open to all employers in the private (including commercial semi-state), community, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors.
- In order to qualify an employer must offer full time employment of at least 30 hours per week, spanning at least four days per week to eligible recruits (i.e. that employee must be on payroll and subject to PAYE and PRSI).
- The employer must be a legal entity and/or a charity recognised by the Revenue Commissioners (with a CHY number) and registered with the Revenue Commissioners as a PAYE employer. Other legally recognised forms of business are eligible, including partnerships, sole traders, trusts, and unincorporated bodies provided these are recognised by the Revenue Commissioners and are registered as a PAYE employer.
- The incentive will be available to employers filling new positions or vacancies that arise as a consequence of natural turnover. Employers will be asked to give details of workforce prior to application – where an increase in the work force is not evident an employer will be asked to provide additional information to DEASP to support the application.
- The incentive will not be payable until an officer of DEASP is satisfied that the employee has closed their Jobseekers claim and is no longer in receipt of a payment.
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