Make Work Pay - Employer's Supports


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The Employment Equality Acts oblige employers to make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Under these Acts, employer must take ‘appropriate measures’ to meet the needs of disabled people in the workforce.

However, employers can have misperceptions that employing someone with a disability is difficult and that they won't be able to accommodate someone's particular needs.  But those who actively seek applications from disabled people find that they have access to a much wider pool of potential employees, with a good range of skills and positive attitudes towards work. Furthermore, we at the DEASP provide a number of different support schemes that may help your business in this regard.

Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)

WSS provides financial incentives to employers, outside the public sector. To employ disabled people who work for more than 20 hours per week. The scheme is structured in three strands. The employer can benefit from one or all, simultaneously.

  • Strand 1 – a general subsidy for any perceived productivity shortfall in excess of 20% for a disabled person, when compared to a non-disabled peer. An employee must work a minimum of 21 hours per week up to a maximum of 39 hours per week. The subsidy rate is €5.30 per hour and is based on the number of hours worked. This gives a total available annual subsidy of €10,748 (based on a 39 hour week).

  • Strand II – is based on the total number of disabled employees in a company. An employer can apply for a grant to cover additional costs. This ranges from an additional 10% for between 3 and 6 employees to a maximum of 50% of the wage subsidy for greater than 23 disabled employees.

  • Strand III – Where 30 or more disabled people are employed, employers can avail of a grant of €30,000 per annum to assist with the cost of employing an Employee Assistance Officer.

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Disability Awareness Support Scheme

DASS assists the integration of disabled people into the workplace. It is available to all private sector companies interested in employing, retaining or relating to people with disabilities. Funding, up to 90% of development costs, is available, in year 1, and up to 80% in subsequent years. An annual limit of €20,000 is payable to a business. To access this funding, development must be carried out by a DEASP approved organisation.

Disability Awareness Support Scheme

Employee Retention Grant

The purpose of the Employee Retention Grant Scheme is to help employers retain employees who acquire an illness, condition or impairment which impacts on their ability to carry out their job. It allows companies explore an employee's continuing capacity to operate as a productive member of the workforce.

Employee Retention Grant

Workplace Equipment / Adaption Grant

If you have offered employment to a person with a disability, and need to create a more accessible workplace, you may be eligible to obtain a grant towards the cost of adapting your premises or equipment.

Workplace Equipment / Adaption Grant
Last modified:05/03/2018