Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes JobsPlus – New Jobs, Less Cost
JobsPlus is a new employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to the long term unemployed. This incentive replaces the Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption and Revenue Job Assist schemes 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.
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).
2. What is the value of the JobsPlus incentive?
The incentive will provide two levels of payments biased in favour of people who are long term unemployed: 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.
3. 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 JobsPlus incentive refers.
4. When does the JobsPlus incentive start?
Eligible employers who recruit full time employees on or after 1st July 2013 may apply for JobsPlus, which will initially operate on a pilot basis for a period of six months.
5. I am an employer – how do I apply to fill a vacancy with JobsPlus support?
Once an employer decides to recruit an additional employee they can log on to www.jobsplus.ieand 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 of Social Protection 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 respond promptly to the employer via e-mail.
6. 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 office 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.
7. 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.ieto determine their eligibility for the incentive as an employee. The Department of Social Protection 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.
8. 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 close their Jobseeker’s claim online at www.welfare.ieor 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 Jobseeker’s claim of the employee has closed.
9. Is there a limit on the number of people that an employer can employ under the JobsPlus scheme?
JobsPlus is being launched initially on a pilot basis. There are no limits to the number of eligible employees any one employer may hire under the incentive. The associated budget for the scheme is set at a level that would support in the region of 2,500 jobs in this pilot phase.
10. 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.
Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD
19th July 2013