Galway businesses have been urged to make use of the new JobsPlus scheme. The scheme gives employers who hire unemployed people for longer than one year up to €10,000 for each recruit. The payment offsets some of the cost of taking on a new employee.
According to Galway West TD Derek Nolan, JobsPlus represents a hugely positive step by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton in getting those in long-term unemployment back to work by supporting business that hires them. He also encouraged Galway firms to make as much use of the scheme as possible.
Speaking on the importance that the initiative will have on small and medium enterprises in Galway, Deputy Nolan said it is imperative that the crucial role that SMEs play in creating employment in Galway is recognised.
“They are the backbone of the economy and crucial to our recovery. I recently carried out a survey of businesses in Galway West and one of the most common problems facing the sector is the costs of hiring new staff.
“The JobsPlus programme will tackle that problem. It will also provide businesses throughout Galwaywith cash incentives so that they can employ new staff and grow the local economy.”
He added that, importantly, this scheme is targeted at hiring those who have been out of work for over a year. “We know that during hard economic times, long periods without a job becomes harder and harder for jobseekers to break. The targeting of this funding is to make sure that nobody gets left behind in the job market simply because they have been looking for a long time.”