Figures show low-paid workers need incentives

The incentive for unemployed people to take up low-paid jobs is sharply reduced by the expenses associated with returning to the labour market. A post-budget analysis that took all payments and sup

22nd January, 2012

The incentive for unemployed people to take up low-paid jobs is sharply reduced by the expenses associated with returning to the labour market.

A post-budget analysis that took all payments and supports into account has found that workers earning €28,000 a year are only €93 a week better off than their equivalent on jobseeker's allowance.

However, the real gap is even wider, since the calculations by the Department of Social Protection do not take account...

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