Minister of State Humphreys asks Employers to help tackle long term unemployed


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The Live Register figures for March show the continued decline in the number of people out of work as the unemployment rate fell to 10% with the lowest numbers signing on since February 2009.

Minister Humphreys commented 'We still have a job of work to do to get people back into employment. As Minister for Employment, Community and Social Support, I am focused on tackling the number of people out of work for over a year.'

The latest figures show that the number of long term unemployed was 160,403 falling by nearly 20,000 people since March 2014. Minister Humphreys said 'This is still too many and is why my Department has introduced a number of schemes and programmes to assist those out of work. The longer you are out of work, the harder it is to get back into the workforce. Every new job for someone who has been out of work is a new future for their families and a boost for their community.'

'Employers can help us get people back to work by engaging with their local Intreo office. We have a number of schemes that may be of benefit to them, and to those out of work.'

Minister Humphreys continued 'JobsPlus is a good example - it provides a cash payment of up to €416 per month to incentivise employers to recruit jobseekers who have been unemployed for more than 12 months. Nearly five thousand new jobs are being supported under JobsPlus and we've increased funding to enable even more jobs to be supported in 2015.

'We are also asking employers to sign the Employment and Youth Activation Charter which commits them to work with their local Intreo office when recruiting staff, interviewing 50% of candidates from the Live Register.

'I would also ask employers to post any vacancies to JobsIreland.ie which is the largest and most used jobs website in Ireland, and importantly – it is free, and ensures their vacancies are promoted throughout our network of Intreo offices.

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Last modified:01/04/2015