Junior Minister in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes, has welcomed the Sixth Quarterly Progress Report on the Action Plan for Jobs.
The report which was launched by the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and the Minister for Jobs shows that 160 out of 180 measures committed for delivery in Q2 2013 have been implemented, a rate of 89%.
A commitment to publish quarterly progress reports is part of the system of ensuring strong implementation of jobs-support measures across Government through the Action Plan for Jobs.
Commenting on the report, Minister Hayes said: â€œA number of key initiatives have been implemented which will help people, who are out of work, in Tipperary. Last week, JobsPlus was launched which offers employers a â‚¬96 a week incentive from the Government to hire a person who is unemployed longer that 12 months. This will help Tipperary employers reduce their costs if they are thinking of expanding.â€
â€œIn addition, a new â‚¬175million Seed and Venture Capital Scheme was launched, aimed at leveraging private sector funds to provide a total of â‚¬700million in funding to high-growth Irish companies with the potential to grow employment, as well as mentoring and networks.â€
â€œAmong the other measures developed is the planned roll out of 31 Local Enterprise Offices across the country, a network of first-stop shops to deliver world-class services to start-ups and micro-businesses in every county in the country. The Government have also increased the size and scope of the Credit Review Office, as part of measures to improve credit supply for small business.â€
Concluding, Minister Hayes said that official employment figures published by the CSO recently show that the private sector has been adding an average of more than 2,000 jobs per month since the Government published and commenced implementing the Action Plan for Jobs in early 2012. During the three years 2008-2010 an average of 7,000 jobs per month were being lost in the private sector. Job creation remains the Governmentâ€™s number one priority and these measures will help the get people off the live register in Cahir, Cashel and Clonmel and all around Tipperary.