Employer Supports & Incentives
JobsPlus is an employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register. Employers are paid an incentive monthly in arrears over a 2-year period. It provides 2 levels of regular cash payments, €7,500 and €10,000 respectively.
JobsPlus Youth is an expansion of the JobsPlus employer incentive scheme, and will see employers receive cash grants to assist with wage costs when they hire persons under the age of 25 on Jobseekers 4 months qualifying period and amount
Wage Subsidy Scheme provides financial incentives to employers, outside the public sector, to employ a person with a disability. The employee must work for 21 hours or more per week. A person on the Wage Subsidy Scheme is subject to the same conditions of employment as other employees. These conditions include PRSI contributions, annual leave, tax deductions and the going rate for the job. The rate of subsidy is €5.30 per hour and is based on the number of hours worked, giving a total annual subsidy available of €10,748 per annum based on 39 hour week.
Disability Awareness Training A grant is available to provide funding so that employers in the private sector can invest in Disability Awareness Training for their staff. The purpose of the training is to deliver clear and accurate information about disability and to address questions or concerns that employers and employees may have about working with people with disabilities.
The Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) is a new work experience placement programme which is specifically targeted at young jobseekers aged 18-24 years of age who are long-term unemployed or who face barriers to employment. The YESS will aim to provide jobseekers with the opportunity to learn basic work and social skills in a supportive environment while on a work placement. The scheme will provide a supportive structure for Participants, including case officer support for both Placement Hosts and jobseekers
Workplace Equipment / Adaptation Grant If you are a disabled person who has been offered employment or are in employment, and require a more accessible workplace or adapted equipment to do your job, you or your employer may be able to get a grant towards the costs of adapting premises or equipment from The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, (currently up to €6,350).
Employee Retention Grant Scheme (ERGS) This scheme enables employers to retain the services of an employee who acquires a disability that impacts on their ability to continue to do their job.
Through the ERGS, an employee may be offered re-training so that they can undertake alternate duties, or modified techniques may be devised to enable them to continue doing the same job.
Personal Reader Grant If you are blind or visually impaired and you need assistance with job-related reading, you may be entitled to a grant to allow you to employ a Personal Reader.
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will pay a fee per hour, in line with minimum wage. It will be paid up to a maximum of 640 hours per annum.