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JobsPlus - Employee

Frequently asked questions


 

1. What is 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.

2. When did the incentive start?

JobsPlus has been available to employers for all full time recruitment since July 1st 2013.

3. Who can be considered as eligible employees?

Any jobseeker that has been in receipt of a jobseekers payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) 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 jobseekers payment (jobseekers assistance or jobseekers 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 jobseekers assistance and jobseekers benefit can be combined).

Periods of casual employment, where the jobseeker has been receiving a reduced rate jobseekers payment, 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.

Jobseekers not in receipt of a jobseekers 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 (104 days) in the previous 6 months. Any jobseeker that has been in receipt of a jobseekers payment from DEASP 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 transition 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?

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

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.

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

Yes. If you were in receipt of jobseekers benefit, jobseekers allowance or signing for credits, prior to spending time spent on community employment, rural social scheme, jobseekers transition payment, Tús, back to education allowance, springboard course or short solas courses, this time may count towards the qualifying period but your entitlement to one of the qualifying payments listed above may need to be re-established before you start work under JobsPlus. People on internships under 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 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

We 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 nearest 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 DEASP to close your jobseekers claim. You can do this online at www.MyWelfare.ie if you have a verified MyGovId account or you can contact your  nearest Intreo Centre/Social Welfare Local Office. No payment will be made to an employer until their employees jobseekers 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,  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 permanent 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 jobseekers 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  JobsPlus?p

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 jobseekers payment and signing for PRSI jobseeker credits will also be eligible once they have 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 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 BTWFD. The BTWFD scheme aims to help families to move from a social welfare payment into employment. It will give financial support to people with children who were getting a jobseekers  or 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 jobseekers 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. BTWFD cannot be paid with any other social welfare payment – with the exception of child benefit and family income supplement.

Further information is available at www.welfare.ie or from nearest Intreo office/Social welfare local 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 their 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.

If you receive a mortgage interest Supplement you may retain this entitlement on a sliding scale 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. 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 Departments’ offices.

JobsPlus is managed and administered by:

Employment Supports Services
Floor 2
Shannon Lodge
Carrick-on-Shannon
Co Leitrim

Telephone: (071) 9672535/9672583
Locall: 1890 927 999
Fax: (071) 9672533

Note: The rates charged for using 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.

Last modified:24/11/2017
 

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