1,361 more young people on live register Rate of youth unemployment still at 21.6%
welcomes extension of JobsPlus scheme to young people 4 months unemployed
calls on Government to intensify efforts to highlight JobsPlus
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has expressed disappointment at the increase in the number of young people on the live register. New figures released today (04.02.15) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the number of those aged under 25 signing on the Live Register in January 2015 was 49,289. This represents an increase of 1,361 compared to the December 2014 figure of 47,928.
Commenting on today’s figures James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “Youth unemployment year on year is going in the right direction but is still too high at 21.6%.* While seasonal factors may be at play with regard to some of the increase from December to January, it is a timely reminder that a continual and consistent focus must be kept on the issue of youth unemployment.”
Welcome changes to JobsPlus The NYCI, which represents youth groups working with almost 380,000 young people nationally, welcomed the introduction of changes to JobsPlus which came into force on January 1st 2015. JobsPlus is an employer incentive which rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register, with cash payments of up to €10,000. Under the new rules young people can avail of the scheme earlier into their period of unemployment.
Mr Doorley explained: “The new rules for JobsPlus mean that any young jobseeker under 25 on the live register for 4 months or more can now qualify for this subsidy. This is an excellent incentive for employers to recruit young people. The changes are particularly welcome, given that only 357 young people had benefited up to November 2014.”**
The changes to the scheme were introduced as part of a package of measures in the Irish Youth Guarantee Plan published in January 2014. Mr Doorley highlighted the importance of ensuring both young people who are unemployed for 4 months or more and employers are aware of the new rules for JobsPlus.
“Unless the scheme is promoted it will have limited impact. NYCI will work to disseminate information among its members, but we also call on the Department of Social Protection intensify efforts to promote the scheme through their offices and employers to their members.”
NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie
About JobsPlus JobsPlus is an employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register. This incentive replaces the Revenue Job Assist and Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption Scheme from 1 July 2013. 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 pays the incentive to the employer monthly in arrears over a 2-year period. It provides 2 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 – see ‘JobsPlus for young people’ below
A payment of €10,000 for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 24 months
JobsPlus for young people Since 1 January 2015, under the Youth Guarantee, the qualifying period for JobsPlus for jobseekers aged under 25 has been reduced to 4 months. It remains at 12 months for other jobseekers. Eligible young people will be given certification that they qualify for the JobsPlus subsidy and they can use this when applying for jobs.