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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the JobsPlus Incentive?
  2. When does the JobsPlus Incentive start?
  3. What is the value of the Incentive?
  4. How will the Incentive be paid?
  5. Is Income from this Incentive taxable?
  6. How many employees can I apply for under the Incentive?
  7. Is the Incentive open to all types of employment?
  8. Is my Company eligible?
  9. I am self-employed with no employees – can I apply?
  10. How do I apply and register as an eligible employer?
  11. Do I need an up-to-date Tax Clearance Certificate?
  12. What is the next step once I've registered?
  13. What individuals are considered eligible employees?
  14. Can persons in receipt of One Parent Family Payment and Disability Allowance be considered eligible employees under the Incentive?
  15. Can time spent on activation schemes count towards the qualifying period for employees for this Incentive?
  16. When and how can I ascertain whether my job candidates are eligible employees under the JobsPlus Incentive?
  17. I have chosen my preferred candidate(s) for the job, what do I do next?
  18. I have not heard of JobsIreland.ie before, how could they help me recruit?
  19. What other services does the Department offer to employers?
  20. I have an intern on JobBridge can I employ this person under the JobsPlus Incentive?
  21. I am very happy with my intern and intend to offer them a full time position after 3 months on JobBridge, will they be eligible for the Incentive?
  22. I have not heard of the JobBridge scheme, what is it and where can I get more information on it?
  23. Can I apply for JobsPlus for an employee that I have an existing or prior employment relationship with?
  24. How many hours does an employee have to work?
  25. I get very busy for the summer months and would like to hire somebody to work full-time for the summer months - am I eligible to apply for the JobsPlus Incentive?
  26. My employee would prefer to work over three days due to family circumstances, can I facilitate them?
  27. Can an employee sign casually on the Live Register while employed by me under the Incentive?
  28. I am getting the Revenue Job Assist and the Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive scheme for existing employees, can they transfer to JobsPlus Incentive?
  29. What happens if the employee leaves or I can no longer keep them in employment?
  30. What if the employee leaves and I replace them with another employee as I still have a full time vacancy, do I continue with the Incentive?
  31. The employment didn't work out and I had to let my employee go, can I qualify for another incentive for this full time vacancy, will I get 24 months payment or the balance?
  32. The job is no longer viable; do I have to repay the Incentive if the employment ends?
  33. My eligible employee takes maternity leave; can I retain the payment and fill the vacancy with a temporary worker?
  34. What happens if my employee goes on sick leave?
  35. Are there extra responsibilities as an employer?
  36. If my employee(s) needs support with childcare, are there any childcare supports available?
  37. I note on the declaration I signed that the Department may carry out periodic verifications, what will this involve?
  38. My accounts branch deals with administrative practices like this, they may be unaware that the employee is no longer employed.
  39. I am not happy with the decision made by the Department on my application, what can I do next?
  40. I have only recently become aware of the Incentive but I have an employee who I think may be eligible, can I apply?
  41. Where can I get more information?

1. What is the JobsPlus Incentive?

JobsPlus Incentive 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 where they engage 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 out of work for more than two years.

2. When does the JobsPlus Incentive Start?

Eligible employers who recruit full time employees on or after 1st July 2013 may apply for the Incentive.

3. What is the value of the Incentive?

The Incentive will provide two levels of payment: a payment of €7,500 over two years to an employer for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 12 but less than 24 months and €10,000 over two years to an employer for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 24 months. The new Incentive will be payable monthly in arrears.

4. How will the Incentive be paid?

Payment will be made monthly in arrears by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) – no other method of payment is available. A qualifying employer must specify the receiving bank account at the time of application. A monthly remittance slip will issue to employers outlining the employees to which the incentive refers.

5. Is income from this incentive taxable?

Income received by an employer from this initiative will not be considered as revenue/income for income or corporation tax purposes.

6. How many employees can I apply for under the incentive?

The Department may not be able to satisfy all demand for support due to limitation on the overall funding available at any one time. While the Department does not intend to set limits on the number of employees that might be supported by any one employer, it does reserve the right to impose such limits so as to manage the JobsPlus Incentive in an orderly manner.

7. Is the Incentive open to all types of employment?

Jobs may be offered across a wide range of sectors and occupation areas.

Employment that is deemed to displace existing employment will be ineligible and the Department reserves the right to reclaim the payment in the event that an employer engaging in any action that displaces existing employees or conspire to create a situation where employees are made redundant in order to seek financial support under JobsPlus.

This Incentive cannot be used to support existing employees or to offer additional working hours to employees that are on short-time or reduced hours of work.

An employer deemed as a public service body within the meaning of 'a public service body' is not eligible for the scheme. A person or body funded by the Oireachtas or by the Central Fund and in respect of which a public service pension scheme exists or may be made is defined as a public service body.

8. Is my company eligible?

This Incentive is open to all employers in the private (including commercial semi-state), community, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors.

In order to qualify an employer must offer full time employment of at least 30 hours per week, spanning at least four days per week to eligible recruits (i.e. that employee must be on payroll and subject to PAYE and PRSI).

The employer must be a legal entity and/or a charity recognised by the Revenue Commissioners (with a CHY number) and registered with the Revenue Commissioners as a PAYE employer. Other legally recognised forms of business are eligible, including partnerships, sole traders, trusts, and unincorporated bodies provided these are recognised by the Revenue Commissioners and are registered as a PAYE employer.

The Incentive will be available to employers filling new positions or vacancies that arise as a consequence of natural turnover. Employers will be asked to give details of workforce prior to application - where an increase in the work force is not evident an employer will be asked to provide additional information to the Department to support the application.

The Incentive will not be payable until an Officer of the Department of Social Protection is satisfied that the employee has closed their Jobseekers claim and is no longer in receipt of a payment.

9. I am self-employed with no employees can I apply?

Yes, once your business is registered as a PAYE employer with the Revenue Commissioners and you recruit an eligible employee you may apply for JobsPlus Incentive once the qualifying conditions are satisfied.

10. How do I apply and register as an eligible employer?

Once an employer decides to recruit an additional employee they can log on to www.jobsplus.ie and complete an online application form which gathers basic information such as name of company, size of workforce, bank details, economic sector of company and includes providing permission for an officer of the Department to check their tax clearance certificate online. Once this is submitted an Officer of the Department will review, check the tax clearance certificate is in order and if approved will revert promptly to the employer via e-mail.

11. Do I need an up-to-date Tax Clearance Certificate?

In order to be considered eligible under this Incentive, an employer must be tax compliant. Employers will be requested to give an officer of the Department of Social Protection permission to check their status with the Revenue Commissioners and to obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate using Revenue's on line service at the time of application.

12. What is the next step once I've registered?

Once an employer receives eligibility confirmation from the Department they may proceed with their recruitment. At this stage an Employer could contact his local Intreo centre or employment services for details of suitably experienced and qualified candidates for their vacancy. An employer may also wish to consider advertising their vacancy on www.jobsireland.ie

13. What individuals are considered eligible employees?

Any jobseeker that has been receipt of a jobseekers 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 has and 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 (periods on jobseekers assistance and jobseekers benefit can be combined). Jobseekers 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.

Jobseekers not in receipt of 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.

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.

14. Can persons in receipt of One Parent Family Payment and Disability Allowance be considered eligible employees under the Incentive?

No. The objective of the new JobsPlus Incentive which will initially operate on a pilot basis for a period of six months, is designed to encourage employers and businesses to focus their recruitment efforts on those who have been on the Live Register and out of work for long periods. Only persons in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit, Jobseekers Allowance or signing for Jobseekers credits will be eligible under the JobsPlus Incentive.

15. Can time spent on activation schemes count towards the qualifying period for employees for the Incentive?

If the employee has been in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit, Jobseekers Allowance or signing for credits prior to time spent on Community Employment, Rural Social Scheme, Jobseekers Transitional Payment, Tús, Back to Education, Springboard courses and short Fas courses will count towards the qualifying period but entitlement to one of the qualifying payments outlined above must be re-established prior to commencing employment.

16. When and how do I ascertain whether my job candidates are eligible employees under the JobsPlus Incentive?

When an employer has conducted preliminary interviews and shortlisted candidates they should then advise these candidates to log on to www.jobsplus.ie to determine their eligibility for the Incentive as an employee. The Department will process this request from the candidate and revert to candidates with eligibility status by mailing a two part JP1 form to the candidate - Part A of the JP1 form will confirm eligibility and rate of payment for a prospective employer, Part B to be completed by employer should they chose to employ the candidate. The candidate should bring the two part JP1 form confirming eligibility to the employer for consideration.

17. I have chosen my preferred candidate(s) for the job, what do I do next?

Once you offer the position to the successful candidate they should then close their jobseekers claim online at www.welfare.ie or by going to their local Intreo Centre/Social Welfare Local Office. Payment of JobsPlus to the employer can only commence once the Department confirms the jobseekers claim of the employee has closed.

18. I have not heard of JobsIreland.ie before, how could they help me recruit?

The Jobs Ireland recruitment service is an excellent support resource when your company is recruiting, both now and in the future. With a highly experienced team of recruitment professionals, Jobs Ireland can give you instant access to their national database of skilled and job-ready candidates. They offer a number of avenues to help you find the optimum candidate. Your vacancy can be advertised on their website; on their Jobseeker App and through their nationwide network of offices. www.jobsplus.ie

19. What other services does the Department offer to employers?

The Department provides a range of supports and services to employers which are provided free of charge. An employer Information Pack which can be accessed at www.welfare.ie provides information to employers about these services which include;

  • Recruitment Service and Employment Schemes including;
    • Jobs Ireland Recruitment Service
    • European Recruitment Service (EURES)
    • JobBridge – The National Internship Scheme

  • Grants & Assistance Schemes including;
    • JobsPlus
    • Part Time Job Incentive Scheme
    • Family Income Supplement (FIS)

  • Workplace Support Schemes including;
    • Disability Awareness Training Support Scheme
    • Wage Subsidy Scheme
    • Reasonable Accommodation Fund for the Employment of People with Disabilities

20. I have an intern on JobBridge can I employ this person under the JobsPlus Incentive?

Persons pursuing internships under Job Bridge may be employed directly from these schemes once the required qualifying period and conditions are satisfied. An employer and employee should apply on-line as normal in these circumstances. Once eligibility has been confirmed employment directly from an internship can be facilitated.

21. I am very happy with my intern and intend to offer them full time position after 3 months on JobBridge, will they be eligible for incentive?

You can hire your intern to a full-time position after 3 months; they will however only be eligible for JobsPlus if they have the required 312 days on the Live Register in the previous 18 months or 624 days in the previous 30 months. The employee can check this by logging on to www.jobsplus.ie

22. 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.jobsplus.ie

23. Can I apply for JobsPlus for an employee that I have an existing or prior employment relationship with?

Where an employer has been employing an employee part-time and they decide to make the position full-time, the existing employee may be considered as an eligible employee under the JobsPlus incentive once they satisfy the conditions of the scheme.

24. How many hours does an employee 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 the employee must work at least four days in any seven day period.

25. I get very busy for the summer months and would like to hire somebody to work full-time for the summer months – am I eligible to apply for the JobsPlus Incentive?

No. Part-time employment and jobs which are short-term and/or seasonal will not be eligible under the JobsPlus Incentive.

26. My employee would prefer to work over three days due to family circumstances, can I facilitate them?

No, the rules for the JobsPlus Incentive state that the employee must work at least 30 hours per week, over at least four days in every seven day period. An employee hired under the JobsPlus Incentive may not claim casual jobseekers payments.

27. Can an employee sign casually on the Live Register while employed by me under the Incentive?

No, an employee must work at least 30 hours per week, spanning at least four days and therefore will have no entitlement to claim casual jobseekers payment.

28. I am getting the Revenue Job Assist and the Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme for existing employees can they transfer to JobsPlus Incentive?

The employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme and the Revenue Job assist awarded for existing employee will remain in place for the duration specified at the time of award - they will not transfer to the new Incentive. If you take on additional eligible employees after 1st of July you may qualify under the JobsPlus Incentive. You may have persons in your employment under both schemes.

29. What happens if the employee leaves or I can no longer keep them in employment?

Should the employee cease to be employed payment of the incentive must terminate immediately. Employers must notify the Department immediately of any termination of employment of eligible employees - even in mutual agreement circumstances. Failure to do so may result in over payments

30. What if the employee leaves and I replace them with another employee as I still have a full time vacancy, do I continue with the incentive?

No, the incentive is unique to the employee who has been verified as eligible by the Department and to whom you have been awarded the incentive in relation to. Verification will be required in respect of each individual employee.

31. The employment didn't work out and I had to let my employee go, can I qualify for another incentive for this full-time vacancy, will I get 24 months payment or the balance?

You may qualify for another incentive for this vacancy if it is a full time position, you should ask your prospective new employee to register to get approval from the Department, and you will receive 24 months payment in respect of this new employee, if they are eligible.

32. The job is no longer viable; do I have to repay the Incentive if the employment ends?

Where employment ceases for a genuine reason, you do not have to repay the money you have received while the employee was in employment, you must contact the Department immediately once the employment ceases, to facilitate the discontinuation of the payment– failure to do so will result in overpayments being raised.

33. My eligible employee takes maternity leave; can l retain the payment and back fill the vacancy with a temporary worker?

No, the incentive is granted based solely on the eligibility of the employee who you have been awarded the Incentive for. If your employee goes on Maternity leave, your payment will be suspended for the duration of maternity leave and you may claim the suspended payments at the end of the Incentive once your employee has returned. The Maximum number of months for which the incentive may be paid is 24.

34. What happens if my employee goes on sick leave?

If an employee is on short-term sick leave (less than one month) the incentive may be paid for that month, if however the employee is out of work in excess of one month the payment of the incentive should not occur. It is the responsibility of the employer to inform the Department of any such changes which may affect payment of the incentive.

35. Are there extra responsibilities as an employer?

An employer must be satisfied that the vacancy they wish to recruit to is available and complies with the rules and conditions of this Incentive. The employer must be fully compliant with current workplace health and safety and all other legal requirements relating to the operation of the employment. The employer has responsibility to ensure that the appropriate process is applied to placements that require Garda vetting. Employees must agree to comply with requests for Garda Vetting where necessary in accordance with the employer's policy on Garda Vetting. The employer will also be responsible for notifying the Department should the employment of an eligible employee cease.

36. If my employee(s) need support with childcare, are there any child care supports available?

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.

37. I note on the declaration I signed that the Department may carry out periodic verifications, what will this involve?

The Department will seek periodic verifications from employers in order to establish on-going compliance with the rules of the Incentive. The payment of the Incentive is wholly dependent on the continuing employment of the eligible employee and each approved Incentive is uniquely associated to a particular employee. The Department may request a declaration that the employment is on-going, or copies of salary remittance or other verifications to ensure on-going compliance.

38. My accounts branch deal with administrative practices like this, they may be unaware that the employee is no longer employed?

The names and amounts paid to each employee under the JobsPlus Incentive appear on the monthly remittance slip sent to employers by the Department. Where the employee is no longer employed, an employer must ensure the Department is notified immediately.

39. I am not happy with the decision made by the Department on my application, what can I do next?

If you are not satisfied with a decision you may request in writing, a review by the officer in charge of the section, enclosing any new evidence in support of a review.

40. I have only recently become aware of the Incentive but I have an employee who I think may be eligible, can I apply?

The JobsPlus Incentive is open to employers who fill vacancies with eligible employees on or after 1st July. You can apply now and instruct your employee to fill in the online application. If the employee was eligible at the time of recruitment and progressed directly from the Live Register to your employment you may be awarded the incentive from a current date. Backdating of the Incentive is not available.


41. 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 completing the Online General Enquiry Form 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:05/02/2015
 

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