Department of Social Protection Incentives


JobsPlus is an employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to the long term unemployed. Monthly payments will be made to qualifying employers to offset wage costs where they recruit jobseekers from the live register.

This incentive is designed to encourage employers and businesses to focus their recruitment efforts on those who have been out of work for long periods. The level of payment is increased for the recruitment of those out of work for more than two years.

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

Aged under 30, on the live register and unemployed for at least 4   months over the past 5 months


Over 30 and under 50, on the live register and unemployed for at least   12 months over past 18 months.


Persons with refugee status and are in receipt of jobseekers allowance   (no qualifying period).


One Parent Family Payment recipient (no qualifying period)


Persons less than 50 years of age, on the live register and   unemployed for 3 years over the past 3.5 years


Over 50 years of age, on the live register and unemployed for at least   12 months over the past 18 months.


This incentive is open to all employers in the private (including commercial semi-state), community, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors.

In order to qualify an employer must offer full time employment of at least 30 hours per week, spanning at least four days per week. The eligible employee must be placed on the company payroll and subject to PAYE and PRSI.

The incentive will be available to employers filling new positions or vacancies that arise as a consequence of natural turnover. Employers will be asked to give details of workforce prior to application - where an increase in the work force is not evident an employer will be asked to provide additional information to DEASP to support the application.

Jobsplus provide a financial incentive to employers who recruit employees who are long term unemployed on the live register. There are two levels of incentive:

  • €7,500 for recruits unemployed for more than 12 months, but less that 24 months, and
  • €10,000 for recruits unemployed for more than 24 months

There is no limit on the number of new recruits per employer.

A number of practical supports and allowances are available to your company to proactively assist the participation of people with a disability in the workforce. If you have not employed a person with a disability before, or wish to retain an employee who has acquired an impairment or illness, we can provide the funding to make it happen for you. Employers may take advantage of the following supports:

  • Work Placement Experience Programme (WPEP)
  • Wage Subsidy Scheme
  • EURES – Recruit for your vacancies across Europe

For further information on the above please feel welcome to contact;

Edel Fitzpatrick,

Case Officer,

Offaly Employer Engagement,

Department of Social Protection,

Castle Buildings,

Tara Street,


057 9318581