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Introduction

JobsPlus 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.
 
The European Commission is providing co-funding to JobsPlus for participants under 25 years. JobsPlus is jointly backed by the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on an equal funding basis. For the period 2015 - 2017 the allocation from each of the ESF and YEI is €2.7m approx.


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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 Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (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.

You can find more information for employers in this list of frequently asked questions for JobsPlus employers.

Employees

Eligible employees must:

The following  employees are eligible for their employers to receive two differing levels of payment depending on their circumstances.
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 25 years of age who are on the live register and have been at least 24 months (624 days) unemployed in the previous 30 months.

From 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 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 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.

Periods spent on certain activation schemes, or time spent in prison may count towards the required qualifying period.  Entitlement to one of the qualifying payments outlined above may need to be   re-established prior to commencing employment. Jobseekers payments paid in conjunction with periods of casual employment may count towards satisfying the qualifying period, as will breaks in jobseekers payments as a result of periods of illness during which Illness benefit is paid.

People taking part in internships under JobBridge and the Work Placement Programme (WPP) who were getting a qualifying payment prior to their internship may be employed directly from these schemes once the required qualifying period and conditions are satisfied.

Other supports

Family Income Supplement: New employees under the JobsPlus scheme may be entitled to recieve Family Income Supplement.

Medical card: People who have been unemployed for at least 12 months may keep their medical card for 3 years when they take up new employment.

Rent and Mortgage Interest Supplement: Rent and Mortgage Interest Supplement are not payable where a jobseeker or spouse are in full-time employment (30 hours or more a week). People who are already getting Rent Supplement may be able to keep it, subject to a means test, while they are working full time, as long as they are eligible for housing support under the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS). People already getting Mortgage Interest Supplement may be able to keep it while working full time as long as the gross household income does not exceed €317.43 a week.

You can read more information for jobseekers in this list of frequently asked questions for Jobsplus employees.

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.

Currently 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 periods applies).

€7,500

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

€7,500

Over 25 years of age on the live register and unemployed for at least 624 days in the previous 30 months.

€10,000

 

From the 1st of January 2018 the payment levels will be:

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

 

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 giving, for example, the name of company, size of workforce, bank details and economic sector of company. Once this is submitted an officer of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) will review and check the tax clearance certificate is in order and email the employer if it is approved.

Once eligibility is confirmed by the DEASP an employer may start to recruit, either by contacting their local Intreo Centre or Employment Services Office for details of suitably experienced and qualified candidates for their vacancy. They could also register the vacancy with Jobs Ireland.

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. DEASP will process their request and if found eligible,  post a two-part JP1 form to the candidate. Part A of the JP1 form will confirm the employee's eligibility and rate of payment for a prospective employer, Part B is to be completed by the employer if they choose to employ the candidate. The candidate should bring the two-part JP1 form confirming eligibility to the employer for consideration.

When an employer identifies the most suitable candidate for the position, they should complete part B of the JP1 form for that candidate, sign the declaration and return to DEASP. The JP1 form will be processed by us and once all conditions are satisfied, employers will be notified by e-mail that they have been awarded the incentive with regard to the employee specified on the JP1 form.

Once the candidate is offered a position they should contact DEASP to close their jobseekers claim. This can be done on line at welfare.ie or by contacting their nearest Intreo centre or social welfare local office. Payment of JobsPlus can only start once  we confirm that the new employee's jobseeker claim has closed.

Review

If the application is refused the employer can request a review of the decision by a higher officer in  DEASP.

Where to apply

You should apply to register your company at www.jobsplus.ie.
Employers should apply to register their company at 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. Information is also available from your nearest social welfare local office or Intreo centre.

JobsPlus is administered by:

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Employment Support Services
Social Welfare Services Office
Government Buildings
Shannon Lodge
Carrick-on-Shannon
Leitrim
Ireland

Tel:(071) 967 2616
Locall:1890 92 79 99
Homepage: www.welfare.ie

Last modified:24/11/2017
 

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