JobsPlus

Introduction

JobsPlus is an employer incentive which rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register. It is designed to encourage employers and businesses to employ people who have been out of work for long periods. Eligible employers who recruit full-time employees on or after 1 July 2013 may apply for the incentive.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) pays the incentive to the employer monthly in arrears over a 2-year period. It provides 2 levels of payment - €7,500 and €10,000 (see 'Rates' below).

Rules

Employers

JobsPlus is available to all employers in the private (including commercial semi-state), community, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors. It is not open to public service employers. Employers can avail of Jobsplus when filling positions that arise as a consequence of natural turnover.

Employers must meet the following conditions:

  • The business must be registered as a PAYE employer with Revenue
  • The employer must be compliant with Irish tax and employment laws. Employers will be asked to permit the DEASP to check their status with Revenue by supplying a Tax Clearance Certificate access number (TCAN) using Revenue’s online service.
  • The employer must offer full-time employment of over 30 hours per week, spanning at least 4 days per week. The eligible employee must be on payroll and subject to PAYE and PRSI.
  • Employers must give details of their workforce prior to application. Where an increase in the work force is not evident, employers will be asked to provide additional information to the DEASP to support the application.

You can find more information for employers in this list of frequently asked questions for JobsPlus employers.

Employees

Eligible employees must:

And

  • If aged over 25, be at least 12 months* (312 days) on the Live Register in the previous 18 months to qualify as an eligible employee for the €7,500 incentive. The qualifying period is 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months for young people aged under 25. There is no qualifying period for people getting Jobseeker's Transitional payment or for people with refugee status getting Jobseeker's Allowance.

Or

  • Be aged over 25 and at least 24 months* (624 days) on the Live Register in the previous 30 months to qualify as an eligible employee for the higher incentive of €10,000

*Periods spent on certain activation schemes, or time spent in prison may count towards the qualifying period. Entitlement to one of the qualifying payments outlined above may need to be re-established before starting employment. Jobseekers’ payments paid during periods of casual employment may count towards satisfying the qualifying period, as will breaks in jobseeker's payments as a result of periods of illness during which Illness Benefit is paid.

Other supports

Family Income Supplement: New employees under the JobsPlus scheme may be entitled to get Family Income Supplement.

Medical card: People who have been unemployed for at least 12 months may keep their medical card for 3 years when they take up new employment.

Rent and Mortgage Interest Supplement: Rent and Mortgage Interest Supplement are not payable where a jobseeker or spouse are in full-time employment (30 hours or more a week). People who are already getting Rent Supplement may be able to keep it, subject to a means test, while they are working full time, as long as they are eligible for housing support under the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS). People already getting Mortgage Interest Supplement may be able to keep it while working full time as long as the gross household income does not exceed €317.43 a week.

You can read more information for jobseekers in this list of frequently asked questions for Jobsplus employees.

Rates

Rates paid to the employer over 2 years for each eligible person they recruit and retain in employment:

Eligible employee Amount
Aged under 25 and unemployed for at least 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months €7,500
Aged 25 or over and unemployed for at least 12 months (312 days) in the previous 18 months €7,500
Aged 25 or over and unemployed for at least 24 months (624 days) in the previous 30 months €10,000
Getting Jobseeker's Transitional (JST) payment (no qualifying period applies) €7,500
Have refugee status and getting Jobseeker's Allowance (no qualifying period applies) €7,500

Rate changes for 2018

The following rates apply from 1 January 2018:

Eligible employee Amount
Aged under 25 and unemployed for at least 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months €7,500
Aged 25 or over and unemployed for at least 12 months (312 days) in the previous 18 months €7,500
Aged between 25 and less than 50 and unemployed for at least 36 months (936 days) in the previous 40 months €10,000
Aged 50 or over and unemployed for at least 12 months (312 days) in the previous 18 months €10,000
Getting Jobseeker's Transitional (JST) payment (no qualifying period applies) €7,500
Have refugee status and getting Jobseeker's Allowance (no qualifying period applies) €7,500

Payment is made monthly in arrears by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) over a 24-month period. It is not taxable for income or corporation tax purposes.

How to apply

Employers

If an employer decides to recruit an additional employee, they can log on to jobsplus.ie and complete an online application form giving, for example, the name of company, size of workforce, bank details and economic sector of company. Once this is submitted, a DEASP officer will review and check that the tax clearance certificate is in order and email the employer if it is approved.

Once eligibility is confirmed by the DEASP an employer may start to recruit by contacting their local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office for details of suitably experienced and qualified candidates for their vacancy. They could also register the vacancy with Jobs Ireland.

Candidate employees

Once preliminary interviews have been conducted and candidates have been shortlisted, employers should then ask these candidates to log on to jobsplus.ie to check their eligibility for JobsPlus. The DEASP will process their request and, if found eligible, post a two-part JP1 form to the candidate. Part A of the JP1 form will confirm the employee’s eligibility and rate of payment for a prospective employer, Part B is to be completed by the employer if they choose to employ the candidate. The candidate should bring the two-part JP1 form confirming eligibility to the employer for consideration.

When an employer identifies the most suitable candidate for the position, they should complete part B of the JP1 form for that candidate, sign the declaration and return to the DEASP. The JP1 form will be processed by the Department and once all conditions are satisfied employers will be notified by e-mail that they have been awarded the incentive with regard to the employee specified on the JP1 form.

Once the candidate is offered a position they should contact the DEASP to close their jobseeker’s claim. This can be done by contacting their local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office. Payment of JobsPlus can only start once the DEASP confirms that the new employee’s jobseeker claim has closed.

Review

If the application is refused the employer can request a review of the decision by a higher officer in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Where to apply

Employers should apply to register their company at jobsplus.ie.

You can get further information about JobsPlus by logging on to jobsplus.ie, emailing Jobsplusinfo@welfare.ie or calling (071) 9672535/9672583. Information is also available from your local Social Welfare Branch Office or Intreo Centre.

Jobs Plus is administered by:

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Employment Support Services
Social Welfare Services Office
Government Buildings
Shannon Lodge
Carrick-on-Shannon
Leitrim
Ireland

Tel: (071) 967 2616 (If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call + 353 71 967 2616)
Locall: 1890 92 79 99 (Note: the rates charged for using 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary)
Homepage: http://www.welfare.ie/

Page edited: 29 November 2017