Referrals to JobPath nearly four times that of referrals to the Local Employment Service – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, John Brady TD, has said that figures released through Parliamentary reply show referrals to JobPath nearly four times that of referrals to the Local Employment Service in 2017 alone.
Speaking on the figures, Teachta Brady said:
“In 2014, one year before the launch of the JobPath scheme, 67,314 people were referred to the Local Employment Service (LES).
"In 2016, the LES received just 21,209 referrals.
“In their reply, the Department state that LES referral figures for 2015 are unavailable, the very year that JobPath was set up but regardless of this, the figures speak for themselves.
“Last year, there were 18,498 referrals made to the LES compared to JobPath who saw 73,122 referrals, a significant difference of 54,624.
“When we look at other schemes, 6,997 people commenced on Tús and 10,527 people commenced on Community Employment in 2017. Compared to JobPath referrals, these figures are tiny.
“It does not take a genius to see that since the introduction of JobPath, there has been a clear drive towards placing Jobseekers on JobPath as oppose to any other schemes.
"This is having a detrimental impact on schemes such as Community Employment, LES and Tús and it cannot be allowed to continue.
“We cannot allow private companies who are making profits off the back of Jobseekers to drive long-standing and effective schemes into the ground.”