Department of Social Protection Incentives

Department of Social Protection Incentives

As part of its measures to reduce unemployment, the Department of Social Protection offes a number of employment supports to employers. These include the following.

Job Plus.

If you employ a person on a full-time basis who has been unemployed for 12- 24 months, you may be eligible to recieve a payment of €7,500 from the department. This amount would be paid to you monthly in arrears over a two year period provided you continue to employ the person. This financial incentive is increased to €10,000 if you employ a person who had been unemployed for more that 24 months. 

The employment you provide must be for at least 30 hours per week and must span a minimum of 4 days in each week. 

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Job Bridge - The National Internship Scheme

The Scheme allows you to offer work experience for either 6 or  9 months in your business to a person who has been unemployed for at least three months in the last six months.  The person must be getting a social welfare payment (i.e. a Jobseeker's payment, One Parent Family Payment or Disability Allowance) or signing for unemployment credits.

There is no cost to you in providing this internship as the Department would continue to pay the person their Social Welfare payment plus a weekly top-up of €50 while on the internship. 

For more information please chick here

Free advertising of Job Vacancies

You can advertise a job vacancy to highly skilled and motivated jobseekers by getting in touch with our National Contact Centre at Freephone 1800611116. Alternatively, you can upload the vacancy yourself to the Jobs Ireland Website ( by using this link: