Employer Incentives

Engaging Employers

The department of social protection offers all employers the following suite of recruitment and labour activation services:

A free professional recruitment and jobs matching service for employers, including pre-screening. So whether you are looking for the best of local talent, or conducting a nation-wide or European search, the public employment service can help you find the right people for your business, totally free of charge.

JobsPlus which is an employment grant paid directly to employers who recruit unemployed people from the Live Register. You receive €7,500 for recruiting those who are unemployed  for 12 months or more, and €10, 000 for those who unemployed for more than 24 months. The grant is paid in monthly instalments directly into your bank account.

JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme which has been designed to bridge the gap between study and work.  The Department of Social Protection pays the intern. If you hire the person at the end of the internship, you may also qualify for Jobsplus.


This Intreo employer information pack details all the relevant schemes that can support your business.


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