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 Social Protection (DSP) 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).

COVID-19 and JobsPlus

The Government announced under the July Jobs Stimulus that 8,000 recruitment subsidies of up to €7,500 over 2 years will be available for employers to hire someone aged under 30 who is on the Live Register or getting the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

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 use JobsPlus when filling positions that arise from staff 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 give permission to 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

Employers receive different levels of payment depending on an employee’s circumstances.

The eligibility criteria for JobPlus changed on 1 August 2020.

Employees who began employment on or after 1 August 2020

A grant of €7,500 will be paid to employers over 2 years for the following categories of jobseeker:

  • Jobseekers under 30 years of age, who have been on the live register (for at least 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months. This includes people who are signing on for credits only, COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) or a combination of both payments.
  • Jobseekers over 30 years of age and under 50, who are on the live register (includes credits only cases and PUP) and have been unemployed for at least 12 months (312 days) in the previous 18 months.
  • People who used to get the One-Parent Family Payment, whose youngest child is at least 7 years of age and under 14, who transferred to the live register and are now getting Jobseekers Allowance Transitional Payment (no qualifying periods applies).
  • People with refugee status who are getting Jobseekers Allowance (no qualifying period applies).

A grant of €10,000 will be paid to employers over 2 years for the following categories of jobseeker:

  • Jobseekers under 50 years of age, who are on the live register (includes credits only cases and PUP) and have been unemployed for at least 36 months (936 days) of the last 42 months (3.5 years).
  • Jobseekers over 50 years of age, who are on the live register (includes credits only cases and PUP) and have been unemployed for at least 12 months (312 days) in the last 18 months.

Employees who began employment on or after 1 January 2018 and before 1 August 2020

A grant of €7,500 will be paid to the employer over two years for the following categories of jobseeker:

  • Jobseekers under 25 years of age, who have been on the live register for at least 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months.
  • Jobseekers over 25 years of age and under 50, who are on the live register and have been unemployed for at least 12 months (312 days) in the previous 18 months.
  • People who used to get the One-Parent Family Payment, whose youngest child is at least 7 and under 14 who transferred to the live register and are now getting Jobseekers Allowance Transitional Payment (no qualifying periods applies).
  • People with refugee status who are getting Jobseekers Allowance (no qualifying period applies).

A grant of €10,000 will be paid to employers over two years for the following categories of jobseeker:

  • Jobseekers under 50 years of age, who are on the live register and have been unemployed for at least 36 months (936 days) of the last 42 months.
  • Jobseekers over 50 years of age, who are on the live register and have been unemployed for at least 12 months (312 days) in the last 18 months.

Employees who began employment before 1 January 2018

A grant of €7,500 will be paid to the employer over two years for the following categories of jobseeker:

  • Jobseekers under 25 years of age, who have been on the live register for at least 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months.
  • Jobseekers over 25 years of age, who are on the live register and have been unemployed for at least 12 months (312 days) in the previous 18 months.
  • People who used to get the One-Parent Family Payment, whose youngest child is 7 or older, who transferred to the live register and are now getting Jobseekers Allowance Transitional Payment (no qualifying periods applies).
  • People with refugee status who are getting Jobseekers Allowance (no qualifying period applies).

A grant of €10,000 will be paid to employers over two years for the following categories of jobseeker:

  • Jobseekers over 18 years of age, who are on the live register and have been unemployed at least 24 months (624 days) in the previous 30 months (2.5 years).

*Periods spent on certain activation schemes, or time spent in prison may count towards the required 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

Working Family Payment: New employees under the JobsPlus scheme may be entitled to get Working Family Payment.

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).

Since 1 January 2014 the Mortgage Interest Supplement (MIS) is closed to new entrants. Since 1 January 2018 people getting payments under MIS payments continue to get payments under the Supplementary Welfare Scheme.

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

Rates

There are two levels of payment available depending on the circumstances of the applicant.

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

Since 1 August 2020 grants payable of €7,500 over 2 years are:

Eligible employee Amount
Aged under 30 and unemployed for at least 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months (Getting Covid pandemic or unemployment payment or both) €7,500
Aged 30 or over and under 50 and unemployed for at least 12 months (312 days) in the previous 18 months (Getting Covid pandemic or unemployment payment or both) €7,500
Former one parent family whose youngest child is at least 7 years of age and under 14 (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

Since 1 August 2020 grants payable of €10,000 over 2 years are:

Eligible employee Amount
Aged under 50 and unemployed for at least 36 months (936 days) in the previous 42 months €10,000
Aged 50 or over and unemployed for at least 12 months (312 days) in the previous 18 months €10,000

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 register online 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 and jobseekers should register online at jobsplus.ie.

You can get further information about JobsPlus by logging on to jobsplus.ie, emailing Jobsplusinfo@welfare.ie or calling (071) 9672698/9672629/9672509. Information is also available from your local Social Welfare Branch Office or Intreo Centre.

JobsPlus 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)

Page edited: 19 October 2020