The Government has promised a series of “disruptive reforms” as part of a new employment promotion scheme launched this morning.
The plan contains 333 actions to be implemented in 2013 by 16 Government departments and 46 agencies.
Under the Action Plan for Jobs 2013, the State will pay €1 for every €4 it will cost an employer to take a long term unemployed person off the Live Register.
It also promises to provide an extra 2,000 ICT graduates in 2013 and will make it easier for companies to bring skilled workers to Ireland from abroad.
The Government will also create a €70m energy efficiency fund, which it says will create 5,000 jobs
It says it will get 2,000 more small businesses trading online in 2013 and 2014, with the creation of 3,200 jobs.
The plan also aims to create a single licensing application system for up to 25 licences in the retail sector, saving retailers over €20m per annum.
The IDA plans to target more than 130 new investments, secure €500m worth of research and development investment and help create 13,000 new jobs this year.
The job creation scheme is focused on the long-term unemployed, providing a cash-flow benefit to businesses that hire jobseekers who have been on the Live Register for 12 months or more.
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