Financial Grants and Supports


The JobsPlus scheme gives you a financial incentive to employ someone who is long-term unemployed.

If you employ someone who has been unemployed for more than a year, you can get an incentive of either €7,500 or €10,000 from the JobsPlus scheme.

The money is paid monthly in arrears over a two-year period directly into your company’s bank account.

Applicants must meet the JobsPlus requirements such as working at least 30 hours a week. You can submit an online application.

Youth Employment Support Scheme

The Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) is a work experience programme for young jobseekers aged 18-24 who are long-term unemployed or who face barriers to employment such as a lack of experience, disability or living in an isolated area.

The scheme gives jobseekers the chance to learn basic work and social skills in a supportive environment while on a work placement. The placement lasts three months and participants receive a weekly payment from the Department of Social Protection.

This employment support scheme is free for you as an employer. A case officer will support you and the participant through the placement.

When participants have completed their YESS placement, they may be eligible to continue to work with you under the JobsPlus scheme.


If your business has to make employees redundant, Intreo can help your workers to plan ahead with:

  • support to access new job opportunities, and
  • advice on education and training opportunities.

If you can’t afford to pay the statutory redundancy payment to employees, the Department of Social Protection can make a lump sum payment directly to the employees and then recover the debt from you through an agreed schedule of repayments. There is further information on the Redundancy Payments Scheme  available on the website.