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JobsPlus - Employee

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the JobsPlus?
  2. When does the Incentive start?
  3. Who can be considered as eligible employees?
  4. Do I have to be on the Live Register for a continuous period of time to be considered an eligible employee under the incentive?
  5. Can time spent on certain activation schemes count towards the eligibility period for JobsPlus?
  6. Are people in receipt of One Parent Family and Disability Allowance eligible under the Incentive?
  7. Do I receive any extra personal tax credits if employed under the JobsPlus?
  8. How do I apply?
  9. I do not have internet access, how can I check if I am eligible?
  10. Once I receive eligibility confirmation can I use this for making multiple job applications?
  11. I have not been offered a job, can I check my eligibility as an employee on 'www.jobsplus.ie' and alert prospective employers to the incentives available should they employ me on a full time basis?
  12. How many hours will I have to work?
  13. What types of jobs are eligible?
  14. Can Adult Dependents of jobseekers avail of the Incentive?
  15. Can casual claimants on the Live Register be considered eligible employees under the  JobsPlus?
  16. I am signing for jobseekers PRSI credits, am I eligible?
  17. Can I retain my medical card?
  18. Are there any childcare supports available to help me make the transition to employment?
  19. Can I claim Family Income Supplement (FIS) once employed under the Incentive?
  20. Can I claim Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD) once employed under the incentive?
  21. Can I keep my Mortgage Interest Supplement and my rent allowance?
  22. I am an intern on JobBridge am I eligible under the JobsPlus?
  23. I have been on JobBridge for 3 months, my employer is willing to offer me a full time position now, will they qualify for the Incentive for me?
  24. I have not heard of the JobBridge scheme, what is it and where can I get more information on it?
  25. Where can I get more information?

1. What is the JobsPlus?

JobsPlus is an employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to the long term unemployed. This Incentive replaces 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 if they employ 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 who have been out of work for more than two years.

2. When does the Incentive start?

JobsPlus will be is available to employers for all full time recruitment on or after July 1st 2013.

3. Who can be considered as eligible employees?

Any jobseeker that has been in receipt of a jobseeker's payment from the Department of Social Protection for 12 months or more will be considered eligible to be recruited under this incentive .

Therefore, a jobseeker that is currently in receipt of a jobseeker's payment (jobseeker's assistance or jobseeker's benefit) can be recruited, but they must have been in receipt of this payment for at least 12 months immediately prior to starting work (periods on jobseeker's assistance and jobseeker's benefit can be combined).

Periods of casual employment, where the jobseeker has been receiving a reduced rate jobseeker's payment, may count towards satisfying the qualifying period, as will breaks in jobseeker's payments as a result of periods of illness during which illness benefit is paid.

Jobseekers not in receipt of a jobseeker's payment and signing for PRSI Jobseeker credits will also be eligible once they are the required number of days on the Live Register.

Time spent in prison may count towards the qualifying time once entitlement to a qualifying social welfare payment is re-established.

If a jobseeker was engaged on community employment, Tús or the rural social scheme (and some other schemes) and is now unemployed, they may also be eligible.

JobsPlus Youth

An employer will be paid €7,500 over a two year period if they recruit and retain in employment a person who is under 25 years of age and unemployed for at least 4 months (78 days) in the previous 6 months. Any jobseeker that has been in receipt of a jobseeker's payment from the Department for 12 months or more will be considered eligible to be recruited under this Incentive.

Jobseekers Allowance Transition Payment

An employer will be paid €7,500 over a two year period if they recruit and retain in employment a person who is in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance Transitional Payment. No qualifying period applies.

4. Do I have to be on the Live Register for a continuous period of time to be considered an eligible employee under the Incentive?

No. To qualify as an eligible employee for the €7,500 Incentive a jobseeker must be at least 12 months (312 days) on the Live Register in the previous 18 months. To qualify as an eligible employee for the higher Incentive of €10,000 a jobseeker must be at least 24 months (624 days) on the Live Register in the previous 30 months. This means that jobseekers who may have engaged in some part-time or seasonal work are not excluded as eligible employees under this incentive.   If you are under 25 years  of age, you must be on the live register for at least 4 months (78 days) in the previous 6 months to qualify for the €7,500 incentive).  No qualifying period applies to persons who have been in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance Transitional Payment.

5. Can time spent on certain activation schemes count towards the eligibility period for JobsPlus?

Yes. If you were in receipt of jobseeker's benefit, jobseeker's allowance or signing for credits, prior to spending time spent on Community Employment, Rural Social Scheme, Jobseeker's Transitional Payment, Tús, Back to Education Allowance, Springboard course or short FÁS courses, this time may count towards the qualifying period but your entitlement to one of the qualifying payments listed above must be re-established before you start work under JobsPlus. People on internships under Job Bridge and the Work Placement Programme (WPP) may be employed directly from these schemes once the required qualifying period and conditions are satisfied.

6. Are people in receipt of One Parent Family and Disability Allowance eligible under the Incentive?

No. As the incentive is concentrated on jobseekers recorded on the Live Register, neither illness-related payments nor One Parent Family payments are considered eligible payments for this Incentive.

7. Do I receive any extra personal tax credits if employed under the JobsPlus?

No. The arrangements whereby you return to employment will not be affected in any way. However, new employees under this incentive may be entitled to receive Family Income Supplement (FIS). FIS is a weekly tax-free payment available to employees with children which gives extra financial support to people on low pay. As JobsPlus is payable to the employer it does not prevent you from claiming FIS. If you are signing off the live register and meet the other conditions for FIS in terms of hours worked (at least 19 hours per week) etc. you may be eligible for FIS.

8. How do I apply?

You can check your eligibility as an employee for JobsPlus by applying on line at www.jobsplus.ie

The Department will process your request and, if you are eligible, we will mail you a two-part JP1 form. Where you have been interviewed by an employer and have been asked to determine your eligibility for JobsPlus, you should bring the two-part JP1 form confirming your eligibility to the employer for consideration.

Part A of the JP1 form will confirm your eligibility and rate of payment to a prospective employer should they take you on as an employee and should be signed by you. Part B will be completed by the employer should they chose to employ you.

It is up to the employer to offer the position to the person they decide to be most suitable for their vacancy.

9. I do not have internet access, how can I check if I am eligible?

If you do not have internet access you may contact your local Intreo Centre/Social Welfare Local Office, and with your permission they can complete the online verification form for you.

10. Once I receive eligibility confirmation can I use this for making multiple job applications?

The confirmation of your eligibility as an employee under JobsPlus is valid at the time of issue. Should your circumstances change over time, you should re-apply online at www.jobsplus.ie.

If you accept an offer of a job, you must contact the Department to close your jobseeker's claim. You can do this online at www.welfare.ie or you can contact your local Intreo Centre/Social Welfare Local Office. No payment will be made to an employer until their employee's jobseeker's payment has been closed.

11. I have not been offered a job, can I check my eligibility as an employee on www.jobsplus.ie and alert prospective employers to the incentives available should they employ me on a full time basis?

Yes. Even if you have not yet been offered a job, you can confirm your eligibility online as a prospective employee under JobsPlus. If you are eligible you can use this confirmation to alert prospective employers of the benefits available to them should they decide to take you on as an employee.

The verification is valid at time of receipt and if your circumstances change it may render the verification out dated. In such circumstances you may apply to www.jobsplus.ie for an up to date verification.

12. How many hours will I have to work?

The job must be a full-time position. The job being offered must be for a minimum of 30 hours per week and you must work at least 4 days in any 7 day period.

13. What types of jobs are eligible?

The job must be a full-time position. The job being offered must be for a minimum of 30 hours per week and the employee must work at least four 4 in any seven 7 day period.

Part-time employment and jobs which are short-term and/or seasonal will not be eligible under JobsPlus.

14. Can Adult Dependents of Jobseekers avail of the Incentive?

No. A person that is not in receipt of a jobseeker's payment or signing for PRSI jobseeker credits in their own right will not be considered as an eligible employee under JobsPlus.

15. Can casual claimants on the Live Register be considered eligible employees under the JobsPlus?

Yes. A jobseeker signing casually may be eligible once they have recorded the required numbers of days on the Live Register as set out in the incentive conditions.

16. I am signing for Jobseekers PRSI credits, am I eligible?

Yes. Jobseekers not in receipt of a jobseeker's payment and signing for PRSI Jobseeker credits will also be eligible once they are the required number of days on the Live Register.

17. Can I retain my medical card?

People who have been unemployed for a minimum of 12 months may retain their Medical Card for a period of 3 years if they commence employment. The Medical Card scheme is administered by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

18. Are there any childcare supports available to help me make the transition to employment?

A subsidised after school childcare scheme is available to support low-income and unemployed people to return to the workforce. It is targeted at families that are most in need at a critical time in their progression into employment. By offsetting some of the child care costs associated with availing of an employment opportunity, the scheme aims to support individuals to take up employment.

Details of this scheme are available here.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs also provide additional subsidised childcare supports. Details of these schemes are available on their website www.dcya.ie.

19. Can I claim Family Income Supplement (FIS) once employed under the Incentive?

New employees under JobsPlus may be entitled to receive Family Income Supplement (FIS). FIS is a weekly tax-free payment available to employees with children which gives extra financial support to people on low pay. As JobsPlus is payable to the employer it does not prevent you from claiming FIS. If you are signing off the Live Register and meet the other conditions for FIS in terms of hours worked (at least 19 hours per week) etc. you may be eligible for FIS. Further information is available at www.welfare.ie.

20. Can I claim Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD) once employed under the incentive?

New employees under JobsPlus may be entitiled to receive The Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD). The Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD scheme aims to help families to move from social welfare into employment. It will give financial support to people with children who were getting jobseeker and one-parent family payments who take up employment, increase their hours of employment or become self-employed. If you qualify for the scheme you will get a weekly payment for up to 2 years. You will be paid the equivalent of any Increases for Qualified Children that were being paid on your jobseeker or one-parent family payment (up to a maximum of 4 children) for the first year in employment. Half that amount will be paid weekly for the second year.

To qualify, you and all members of your family (including your adult dependant) must sign off all social welfare payments. The Back to Work Family Dividend cannot be paid with any other social welfare payment – with the exception of Child Benefit and Family Income Supplement.

It is intended that the BTWFD scheme will start in April 2015 when the necessary legislation is in place. However applications will be accepted from Monday 5 January 2015.

No payments will be made until April 2015 when the scheme is expected to be fully operational. All eligible claims will be backdated to the date of application. Further information is available at www.welfare.ie or from your local Intreo office.

21. Can I keep my Mortgage Interest Supplement and my rent allowance?

Rent and Mortgage Interest Supplements are not payable where a jobseeker or spouse are engaged in full-time employment (defined as working for 30 hours or more per week). However, existing Rent Supplement customers may retain entitlement, subject to a means test, while engaged in full-time employment as long as they are eligible for housing support under the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS).

If you receive a Mortgage Interest Supplement you may retain this entitlement while you are engaged in full-time employment as long as the gross household income does not exceed €317.43 a week. Retention of Mortgage Interest Supplement is subject to a means test. Further information is available at www.welfare.ie

22. I am an intern on JobBridge am I eligible under the JobsPlus?

People pursuing internships under JobBridge may be employed directly under JobsPlus once the required qualifying period and conditions are satisfied. An employer and employee should apply online as normal in these circumstances. Once eligibility has been confirmed employment directly from an internship can be facilitated.

23. I have been on JobBridge for 3 months, my employer is willing to offer me a full time position, will they be eligible for the Incentive for me?

An employer can hire an intern to a full-time position after 3 months; they will however only be eligible for JobsPlus if you have the required 312 days on the Live Register in the previous 18 months, or 624 days in the previous 30 months. You can your eligibility online at www.jobsplus.ie

24. I have not heard of the JobBridge scheme, what is it and where can I get more information on it?

JobBridge is a National Internship Scheme that provides work experience placements for interns for a 6 or 9 month period.

The aim of JobBridge is to assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, either as new entrants to the labour market after education or training or as unemployed people wishing to learn new skills. The initiative will give people a real opportunity to gain valuable experience to bridge the gap between study and the beginning of their working lives. Further information is available at www.jobbridge.ie

25. Where can I get more information?

Further information and advice on all aspects of the JobsPlus Incentive is available by accessing www.jobsplus.ie, sending an email to Jobsplusinfo@welfare.ie or by calling (071) 9672535/9672583 or by visiting any of the Department's offices.
JobsPlus Incentive is managed and administered by:

Employment Supports Services
Floor 2
Shannon Lodge
Carrick-on-Shannon
Co Leitrim
LoCall: 1890 927 999
Fax: (071) 9672533

Last modified:09/02/2015
 

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