660 people from Kildare have applied for the JobsPlus scheme according to the Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty.
The scheme, available to people on the live register aged 26 or under, provides a subsidy to employers who hire young people from the live register.
It provides employers with two levels of payment - €7,500 or €10,000 over two years - paid in monthly instalments provided the employment is maintained. The rate of payment depends on the length of time the person is unemployed.
According to a Focused Policy Assessment on the incentive, 79 per cent of employees who complete 24 months on the scheme remain with their current employer and 95 per cent remain off the Live Register.
The Minister was responding to inquiries by Dublin Bay North TD Tommy Broughan.
The exchange and county by county table can be read in full below:
Tommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent)
443. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of young persons under 26 years of age who have applied for and been eligible for the JobsPlus scheme since its introduction, by county, in tabular form.
Regina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
JobsPlus provides a direct monthly financial incentive to employers who recruit employees from the Live Register and those transitioning into employment. It provides employers with two levels of payment - €7,500 or €10,000 over two years - paid in monthly instalments provided the employment is maintained. The rate of payment depends on the length of time the person is unemployed.
The number of persons under 26 years of age who have applied for and been eligible for JobsPlus since the scheme began, by county, is shown in the following table.
Table 1: JobsPlus applicants under 26 years of age who have established eligibility - (July 2013-July 2017)
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.