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# Jobseekers

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# Jobseekers
Government woos 1,200 Spaniards for 'hard-to-fill' jobs but housing problems glossed over
Hostels have become a common fallback option for workers who can’t find long-term housing.
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# Social Welfare
Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions
With the phasing out of the PUP, government is keen to bring in pay-related unemployment payments.
# Jobseekers
Jobs market at 2016 levels as government tells PUP recipients to 'genuinely seek work'
Jobseekers will face tough competition with hundreds of thousands of people still out of work as a direct result of the pandemic.
# Unemployment
Concerns that thousands spent on Jobseekers forced to do JobPath programme for a fourth time
The two private companies operating JobPath have been paid €207m.
# Jobseekers
JobPath scheme extended by one year to help with 'labour uncertainty' from Brexit
Controversy has overshadowed the scheme over the years due to complaints from users of the service.
# Employment
Only 6% of people have held down a job for over a year on JobPath
Over 226,851 people have engaged with the government’s JobPath service in the last four years.
# Jobseekers
'Ridiculous situation': Jobseekers forced to do JobPath programme for a third time
Private companies operating JobPath get over €3k for every jobseeker that makes it through the scheme.
# Jobseekers
Over 200,000 people have been through JobPath, but only 11,000 have held down jobs for over a year
Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says the government has a legally binding contract with the operators that it must honour.
# Jobseekers
Pressure from the Troika made government set up JobPath scheme, says Labour
This week, opposition parties united to vote in favour of a motion calling for referrals to the scheme to end.
# Jobseekers
Dail votes to end referrals to JobPath scheme as opposition parties unite to defeat government
The government was defeated by 81 votes to 42.
# Jobseekers
'Explosion in social welfare sanctions': SF and FF team up to slam government's JobPath scheme
Sinn Féin’s motion calls on the government to end the referral of jobseekers to JobPath.
# Unemployment
Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme
How much the companies got paid per person has been shrouded in secrecy since the roll out of the programme.
# budget proposals
Almost 8,000 people under the age of 26 are in long-term unemployment
The National Youth Council of Ireland has called for a €22m investment to resolve the issue.
# Jobseekers
Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister
Catherine MurphyTD has raised serious concerns in the Dáil regarding the activation programme, JobPath.
# Benefit Fraud
'Welfare cheats cheat us all': New campaign wants public to blow the whistle on welfare fraud
It’s estimated that last year suspected fraud overpayments of Jobseeker’s Allowance cost €14 million.
# Social Welfare
Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today
Changes have been made to the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.
# Jobs
No evidence Back to Education Allowance gets people back to work
The Department of Social Protection said an evaluation of the JobBridge scheme is about to commence.
# Courts
Social welfare fraudster caught by facial recognition software is jailed
The man has led a ‘sad life’ the court heard.
# signing off
New report finds that only 3% of jobseekers better off on the dole
The ESRI research found that eight out of 10 jobseekers would earn 40% more by finding work than staying on benefits.
# the lovely boner
There's a job going for a 'boner' in Dublin
Look, we were just wondering if anyone was interested. *sniggers*
# Headhunting
This Irish company is trying to solve one of the biggest problems in job hunting
And it’s bringing its plans overseas.
'Opening a business is risky. It's time self-employed people had a safety net'
The Small Firms Association wants self-employed people to be allowed make voluntary contributions to PRSI.
# In Demand
Finance and tech workers getting picky about jobs as vacancies exceed candidates
Professional job seekers are becoming savvier when it comes to potential employers.
# Jobseekers
Lower dole rate leaves Ireland's young people 'struggling to make ends meet'
An organisation representing young people in Ireland is calling for the €188 rate to be restored for all young people who are taking part in education, training and works experience programmes.
# Employment
New law would force unemployed to upload CVs to job sites - or have their dole cut
The government has launched its latest Pathways to Work document today.
# Looking for Work
To whom it may concern...
That’s the answer but what’s the question…
# Jobseekers
Southwest region performing strongly as unemployment rate falls again
The unemployment rate now stands at 11.5%.
# Jobseekers
'No evidence' that disproportionately high number of migrants receive social welfare
A new study has found that the number in receipt of these payments are just a little or below the number in the work force.
# Education
Over 6,000 new places announced on jobseeker 'Springboard' courses
The courses, which are free to jobseekers, specifically target areas where employment is growing.
# Incentive
1,500 jobseekers are being put on compulsory JobBridge
And will face penalties if they don’t take up their places.
# Jobseekers
Taoiseach warns of risk of 'welfare dependency' despite falling unemployment
An Taoiseach made the comments as Live Register declined for the 22nd consecutive month.
# In bits
Genius jobseeker creates brilliant Lego CV
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# Jobseekers
Self-employed treated like "second-class citizens" in social welfare system - ISME
ISME is calling for self-employed person to have the option of paying a higher rate of PRSI in order to entitled them to the same social welfare payments as their PAYE counterparts.
# waiting time
Jobseekers appeals taking over 25 weeks to process
The Social Welfare Appeals Office is currently dealing with 13,444 appeals.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday
Everyone’s talking about a tragic death in Ennis, bank guarantee documents, and the Olympic games.
# Back to Work
Dole cut for long-term unemployed who refuse to work in local authorities
The INOU said participants need to be matched appropriately to suitable positions.
Arrears, medical cards, job loss: What people sought advice for online in 2013
Advice websites run by the Citizens Information Board, such as and all saw an increase in traffic.
# Outsourcing
Concern about 'cherrypicking' unemployed as government privatises job scheme
Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said some of the companies who expressed an interest in this scheme have “dubious records” in England where they provide similar services.
# Jobswatch
Will you get a pay rise in 2014? Over half of employees don't think they will
The prediction is made in Cpl’s Employment Market Monitor Report, which also recorded a rise in the number of jobs posted last year.
# Jobseekers
More than 40 Intreo Centres to be active by February 2014
Jobseekers can receive payments and supports at the new centres.