Supports For Employers
Who we are and what we can do for employers
Dublin South City Local Employment Service is an innovative, state funded organisation that provides a free local, quality recruitment service to employers and unemployed jobseekers. We aim to match appropriate clients to employers’ vacancies. We can do that because:
- We have a specialised understanding of the labour market to respond to your recruitment needs
- We also have an extensive client base of jobseekers living in the Bluebell, Inchicore, Islandbridge, Kilmainham and Rialto areas.
We can offer you:
- A free, professional, efficient and confidential service
- Pre-employment training for potential employees to meet your requirements
- Thorough pre-selection process with only suitably qualified candidates referred for job vacancies
- Advice on state funded initiatives and opportunities:
- Wage Subsidy Scheme
- Employee Retention Grant Scheme
- Work Placement Programme (WPP)
- Business contact opportunities
What is it?
JobsPlus is an employer incentive scheme that encourages and benefits employers who employ job-seekers, from the Live Register, who have been out of work for substantial periods of time. This incentive replaces the former Revenue Job Assist and Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption Scheme.
How it works
The Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) pays the incentive to the employer monthly in arrears, over a two-year period. It provides two levels of regular cash payments:
- A payment of €7,500 for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 12 but less than 24 months *For people under 25, those receipt of JST, and people with Refugee status, please see Exceptions detailed below
- The qualifying period for JobsPlus for job-seekers aged under 25 years of age has been reduced to 4 months. Eligible young people will be given certification that they qualify for the JobsPlus subsidy and they can use this when applying for jobs.
- Former one parent family payment recipients whose youngest child is at least 7 years of age and under 14, who transfer to the live register and are now in receipt of Job-seekers allowance transitional payment (JST), no qualifying period applies.
- Persons with refugee status and in receipt of Job-seekers Allowance, no qualifying period applies.
- A payment of €10,000 for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 24 months
- Jobseekers under 50 years of age who are on the live register and have been at least 36 months (936 days) unemployed in the previous 42 months.
- Jobseekers over 50 years of age who are on the live register and have been at least 12 months (312 days) unemployed in the previous 18 months.
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 the Revenue Commissioners.
- The employer must be compliant with Irish tax and employment laws. Employers will be asked to give permission to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to check their status with Revenue by supplying a tax clearance access number (TCAN) using Revenue’s on line 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 DEASP, to support the application.
For further information please feel free to contact our Business & Employment Officer, Scott Golden, on: 01 4537229
Wage Subsidy Scheme
The Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS) funded by the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) provides financial incentives to private sector employers to employ people with a disability to work a minimum of 21 hours per week up to a maximum of 39 hours per week.
An employee with a disability on the Wage Subsidy Scheme is subject to the same conditions of employment as other employees. These conditions include PRSI contributions being paid and tax deductions being made in respect of the employment, as well as the employee having the same annual leave and other leave entitlements as other employees of that employer. The employer must pay the employee with a disability the going rate for the job, which must be at least the statutory minimum wage. These terms and conditions of employment should be set out in the employee’s contract.
The financial supports for employers available through this scheme are structured under three separate strands and employers could benefit under one, two or three strands simultaneously, as the case may be.
Strand I subsidy is a general subsidy for any perceived productivity shortfall in excess of 20% for a person with a disability, in comparison to a colleague without a disability. An employee must work for a minimum of 21 hours per week up to a maximum of 39 hours per week. The rate of subsidy is €5.30 per hour and the amount of the subsidy is based on the number of hours worked. The maximum annual subsidy payable is €10,748 per year based on a 39 hour week.
Strand II subsidy is payable when an employer employs three or more people with a disability who are supported by a WSS Strand I payment. Strand II is intended to cover the additional supervisory, management and other work based costs relating to these employees. This top-up payment is a percentage of the Strand I subsidy and is based on the overall number of employees with a disability employed under Strand I. It ranges from an additional 10% of wage subsidy for 3 to 6 employees with a disability to a maximum of 50% of wage subsidy for 23+ employees with a disability.
Strand III subsidy enables employers who employ 30 or more workers with a disability on the Wage Subsidy Scheme to be eligible for a grant of up to €30,000 per year towards the expense of employing an Employment Assistance Officer to support these employees.
For more information on applying for the WSS and application forms, please contact our Business & Employment Officer, Scott Golden, on: 01 4537229
EmployAbility provides an employment support service for people with a health condition, injury, illness or disability and a recruitment advice service for the business community.
Your local EmployAbility service will:
- provide you with employment assistance and access to a pool of potential employees with varying levels of skills, abilities and training;
- provide ongoing support for both the employer and employee throughout employment;
- provide a professional job matching service to help ensure successful recruitment;
- provide advice and information on additional employment supports
For more information on availing of the EmployAbility Service, please contact our
Business & Employment Officer, Scott Golden, on: 01 4537229
Employee Retention Grant Scheme
The purpose of the Employee Retention Grant Scheme is to assist employers to retain employees who acquire an illness, condition or impairment which impacts on their ability to carry out their job. Grant funding can enable an employer to explore the possibility of an employee’s continuing capacity to operate as a productive member of a team as well as assisting in maintaining the employability of an staff member when he/she acquires an illness, condition or impairment (occupational or otherwise) by providing funding to:
- Identify accommodation and/or training to enable the employee to remain in his/her current position; or
- Re-train the employee so that he/she can take up another position within the company.
The scheme which is funded by the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) is structured in two stages: (1) the development of a retention strategy and (2) the implementation of a retention strategy.
Stage 1 facilitates employers by enabling them to buy in external specialist skills and knowledge needed to develop an individualised ‘written retention strategy’ for an employee who acquires a disability.
Stage 2 provides funding to the employer towards the implementation of the written retention strategy, including re-training, job coaching and/or hiring of an external coordinator to oversee and manage its implementation.
The Employee Retention Grant Scheme is open to all companies in the private sector. Funding is available to support the retention of any existing employee, at any level and occupation within the company, who acquires an illness, condition or impairment which impacts on his/her current ability to do his/her job.
Funding & Application
Stage 1 – Development of Retention Strategy
Funding of 90% of eligible programme costs is available to companies up to a maximum of €2,500 towards the development of a written retention strategy for any one employee.
Stage 2 – Implementation of Retention Strategy
Funding of 90% of eligible programme costs is available to companies up to a maximum of €12,500 towards the implementation of a retention strategy for any one employee. Funding for the specialist personnel is limited to a set number of hours and application may not be made without the support of an individualised written retention strategy (refer to Stage 1).
DEASP Workplace Supports Contact List
Click HERE for a link to DEASP regional contacts for any queries you may have in relation to the WSS
How it works: Your vacancy will be circulated to our network of offices, giving your position maximum exposure to potential candidates.
- We undertake a vacancy matching process, speaking with all potential candidates and prepare a suitable shortlist for the employer
- An Employment Mediator forwards a shortlist of candidates’ CV’s to you, the employer
- In consultation with the Employment Mediator, you arrange an interview with the candidates of your choice
- Following the interview, the Employment Mediator receives feed back from both you, the employer, and the candidates you interviewed
- You make the successful candidate an offer.
Our service will save you, the employer, time and money that you would otherwise spend on recruitment, advertising and interviews.
So contact us today, and let us be part of your recruitment solution!
A full list of all our offices can be found here.
Please contact any of our Employment Mediators for more details on any of the exemptions or initiatives and opportunities.