Other Financial Incentives

INTREO Supports


INTREO is a new service from the Department of Social Protection. INTREO is a single point of contact for all employment and income supports.

Below are the supports available through INTREO:

If you have been signing on for over 12 months and you would like to become self-employed, the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) allows you to keep your social welfare payment for 2 years (Year 1: 100%, Year 2:75%). To qualify, you must be setting up a business that a Local Integrated Development Company or a Facilitator has approved in writing in advance.

The Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) gives support to people who have lost their job and want to start their own business. It is paid instead of Jobseeker’s Benefit for a maximum of 1 year. It ends when the entitlement to Jobseeker's Benefit ends (that is, at either 9 months or 12 months).

is a new employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to jobseekers on the Live Register. JobsPlus is a simple scheme for employers to access, offering up to €10,000 for a qualifying recruit, payable on a monthly basis over a two year period. The employment you provide must be for at least 30 hours per week and must span a minimum of 4 days in each week. More details are on www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/jobsplus


  •  Free Advertising of Job Vacancies

You can advertise a job vacancy to highly skilled and motivated jobseekers by getting in touch with the National Contact Centre at Freephone 1800 611116.   Alternatively, you can upload the vacancy yourself to the Jobs Ireland website http://www.jobsireland.ie/  

  • Employer Information Pack

Available to download www.welfare.ie. This provides full details of the supports which are available to employers to recruit staff from the Live Register.