Applications are now being invited to the second, broader, Government Employment Subsidy Scheme, according to local Fianna Fáil TD Beverley Flynn. The criteria for the Scheme have now been expanded to support a wider range of jobs and Mayo businesses should investigate their eligibility for taking part in the scheme, Deputy Flynn said.
“Effectively, the Government pays the employer a subsidy under the scheme to help them maintain jobs that otherwise may have been lost because of the current downturn,” Dep Flynn said. “The criteria for the scheme is that it is open to exporting and non-exporting companies from all sectors that employ more than 10 people, and €65 million has been allocated to fund eligible applications. There are two bands under the scheme. Under the first band employees must work an average of 35 hours a week or more for their employers to receive a subsidy of €9,100 over a 12 months period. Under the second band, employees must work an average of 21 hours and less than 35 hours, and the employers will receive a €6,370 subsidy for each job supported.” Applications are now open and the deadline for receipt of applications is December 23. Applications can be made through a dedicated e-mail [email protected] or by calling 1850 211535. “Anyone who would like assistance making an application can also contact my office in Castlebar,” Deputy Flynn concluded.