Minister Humphreys urges jobseekers to avail of temporary seasonal employment opportunities


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Minister Humphreys urges jobseekers to avail of temporary seasonal employment opportunities over the Christmas period

"Seasonal work will not delay Jobseeker’s payments when the period of employment ends" – Minister Humphreys

The Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys T.D., today (Friday 7th November, 2014) reassured jobseekers who avail of temporary seasonal work for up to 8 weeks over the Christmas season that their payment will be immediately reinstated when the period of employment ends.

Minister Humphreys said; "Jobseekers who are offered temporary seasonal work should not be concerned about delays in reinstating their Jobseeker’s payment when the period of employment ends. People in receipt of either Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance who undertake seasonal work for up to eight weeks over the Christmas period will have their Jobseeker’s payment restored as soon as their employment ends."

A customer who is getting either Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance and who receives an offer of temporary employment should contact their local Intreo Centre or social welfare office with the details of the work that they are undertaking and their Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit will be suspended rather than closed. Similarly, they should contact their local Intreo Centre or social welfare office as soon as the employment finishes and their payment will be reinstated immediately.

Minister Humphreys continued; "The Department of Social Protection provides employers with a free recruitment service to help them fill vacancies in their businesses. I would urge employers who have vacancies for temporary work over the Christmas period to contact their local Department of Social Protection Intreo Centre or local office and staff will make every effort to help them to find suitable people to fill their vacancies.

In addition to the Department’s free recruitment service, employers who have full-time vacancies will also get information about JobsPlus, the wage subsidy scheme, through which the State pays cash grants over two years to businesses which hire jobseekers who have been out of work for 12 months or more.

Minister Humphreys explained: "JobsPlus is a support from my Department which is proving to be extremely successful and is available to all employers, regardless of the size of the company, who employ people who have been unemployed for 12 months or more. The incentive provides two levels of payment: €7,500 over two years to the employer for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 12 months and €10,000 over two years to the employer for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 24 months."

Employers can get a list of the Department of Social Welfare Local Offices and schemes on www.welfare.ie.

ENDS

Last modified:07/11/2014