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€3,718 of taxpayers’ money handed over to JobPath providers for every individual who sustains employment for one year – Brady

30 November, 2018 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has condemned the Government for wasting taxpayers’ money by handing millions of euro over to private companies under the failed JobPath scheme.

Sinn Féin have been consistently denied access to the figures for the costs involved in JobPath since its introduction in 2015 until today at a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, where these figures have been released for the first time.

Teachta Brady said:

“Out of the 190,000 people referred to JobPath so far, just 17,100 have found employment that has been sustained for one year. For every one of these 17,100 people, the Department have handed over €3,718 of taxpayers’ money to the JobPath providers Turas Nua and Seetec. That’s a cost of €3,718 to find one person a job which is sustained for one year.

“There are five payments which form part of the JobPath service – an initial registration fee of €311 is paid by the Department to the private companies for every person who signs up with JobPath having been referred. That is a payment of €311 made for every one of the 190,000 people who have engaged with the service so far.

“We also know that up to 15,000 people have been referred to JobPath for a second time leading to a double payment so essentially the private companies are receiving two payments of €311 for every one of the 15,000 referred twice.

“The other four payments are known as job sustainment fees and are paid for every 13 weeks, 26 weeks, 39 weeks and 52 weeks of sustained employment at a rate of €613, €737, €892 and €1,165 respectively.

“The bottom line is JobPath has failed, it has provided 9% of those who have engaged with the scheme with a job that has been sustained for one year at an enormous cost to the taxpayer. Minister Doherty has described this scheme as the most successful job activation scheme in the history of the State. I think the taxpayers of Ireland who are actually paying for it would have a different view.” 

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