JobsPlus is a government programme that encourages businesses to hire people who have been out of work for a long time. It provides regular cash payments to employers for every person they hire directly off the Live Register. JobsPlus Youth is the version of the scheme that supports hiring unemployed people under the age of 25. It’s designed so that young people spend less time unemployed than other groups before qualifying for the programme.
Since January 2018, a person under 25 only needs to spend four months registered as unemployed before they can be hired under the JobsPlus scheme. An employer who hires a young person with a JobsPlus certification will receive a non-taxable payment of €7,500 over two years. A higher payment of €10,000 applies if the person has been out of work for two years or more.
Qualifying for JobPlus Youth
If you’re under 25 and have been out of work for four months, you can get a certification that lets potential employers know you qualify for JobsPlus support. You can use this in job applications or interviews to boost your chances of getting hired.
In order to qualify, you’ll need to be getting a jobseeker’s payment (either Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Allowance Transition) or be signing on for credits. You will need to have been on the Live Register for 104 days (4 months in total) of the last 6 months. Time spent on certain activation schemes or in prison can count towards your total period out of work, so long as you make sure of this before going back to work.
Which employers can use the scheme?
People can be hired under JobsPlus by all employers outside of the public service. This means that private, commercial semi-state, community, not-for-profit and voluntary employers can all qualify. Businesses have to be registered as a PAYE employer, be compliant with all Irish tax and employment laws and give details of their workforce to the Department of Social Protection before applying for JobsPlus payments.
Not every type of work qualifies for JobsPlus support. In order to get the payments, the job on offer must be full-time for at least four days per week. The employee must be working at least 30 hours every week and has to be on the company payroll, subject to PAYE and PRSI.
How to apply
When hiring someone under JobsPlus, there is a strict process that employers and potential employees have to follow. To qualify as a JobsPlus employer, a company will first have to complete an online application and provide any extra material requested by the Department of Social Protection.
If a qualified company is considering hiring you under JobsPlus, here’s what you’ll need to do. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to log on to jobsplus.ie to check your eligibility. The Department will then send you a two-part JP1 form. You fill out Part A yourself, and give Part B to be filled in by your potential employer. If they decide to hire you, they’ll complete Part B and send in both parts on your behalf. If you’re approved to be hired under JobsPlus, the Department will get in touch to remind you to close your jobseeker’s claim. Do this as soon as you can at welfare.ie or at your local Intreo Centre or social welfare office. Once that’s out of the way, you’ll be able to get started at your new job.
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