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Budget allocates €1.6bn for employment schemes

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on October 16, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

Last week’s Irish Budget included a €1.6 billion package aimed at supporting the Government’s Pathways to Work-2 programme launched in July.

In his budget speech, Minister for Public Expenditure and Report (D/PER), Brendan Howlin  said that the policy “sets out our strategy for tacking unemployment, and in particular, long-term unemployment. The total allocation for 2014 for activation places in education, training and work experience is €1.6bn.”

He added that this would provide nearly 300,000 places in work, education and training programmes. This equates with an average spend of €5,350 per unemployed participant which may be a guide figure for those considering tender bids for the  anticipated JobPath  employment services contracts. The Budget also allocated  an additional €9m  in capital spending towards expending the network of Intreo employment advice offices throughout the state.

A further  €14m has been  set aside for the new Youth Guarantee Fund which is aimed at supporting  additional activation for those under-25 years old.

 

Croke Park II – Table of Pay Cuts

Posted on February 28, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

Here are details of  the stepped pay cuts planned for public service employees earning more than €65,000.     Click here for:  Croke Park II – Higher Pay Cuts Table

Those earning less than €100,000 may resume  payment of incremental scale pay rises after 2016.

Health Summit report

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

Click here for:  IRN Report on Health Summit

It covers  the presentation by HSE’s new director general, Tony O’Brien and a case study on successful leadership development and performance management in the health sector.