3,000 new public sector jobs for the long-term unemployed!
Minister Phil Hogan has announced a new scheme which will see long-term unemployed people who are unemployed for more than 2 years, provided with Jobs in the Local Authorities.
2000 of the jobs will be in place withing 6 months with a further 1,000 jobs being filled by the end of the year.
This is a great opportunity for long-term unemployed people who find it difficult to gain employment if they have been out of work for a long time.
The final details of the scheme have yet to be put in place, and details of rates of pay and working hours have yet to emerge.
It just does not make sense that the State pays people to do nothing when many people could make a contribution to their communities and have some level of self actualisation doing useful work, and gaining experience.
Many local authorities are very short staffed and are strained to meet demand for such tasks as minor road maintenance, street cleaning, and grass cutting etc.
About 31,000 people are employed by local authorities who spend some 41% of their turnover on salary costs.
16% of payroll costs are spent running Corporate Services.
Just 7,000 staff are deployed on Road Works, by all our Local Authorities. Many new schemes could be undertaken with this untapped resource. The greatest critism of the proposal is that it is limited to only 3,000 individuals. Many more people could be assisted if the scheme was expanded but it is an excellent start. Hopefully it will be expanded to accommodate 30,000 people.
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