Department of Social Protection

Department of Social Protection

The Department of Social Protection offers a wide range of tailored employment services and supports for jobseekers and employers alike. 

  • The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) scheme; encourages people getting certain social welfare payments to become self-employed. If you take part in the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme you can keep a percentage of your social welfare payment for up to 2 years.

Job Bridge

Jobs Plus

  • JobsPlus; 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. For more information go to