Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Public Accounts Committee

2017 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 37 - Social Protection
Chapter 11 - Regularity of Social Welfare Payments
Chapter 12 - JobPath Employment Activation Service
Chapter 13 - Actuarial Review of Social Insurance Fund
Chapter 14 - Overpayments of Age-Related Jobseeker's Allowance
Chapter 20 - PRSI Contributions by the Self-Employed
2017 Social Insurance Fund

9:00 am

Mr. John McKeon:

It gives indications, which I do not have with me, and it tackles value for money. I can give the Deputy a very rough number that might help. If he looks at the number of people who got employment subsequent to the JobPath service and divides the total cost by the number of people who are now in full-time employment it amounts to approximately €4,000 per job. Those people would generally be in receipt of €10,900 as jobseekers but when they go into employment they will pay approximately €5,000 in taxes. One could say, in a very simplistic way, that there is €15,000 for approximately €4,500. It is not as clean and simple as that. Then one must ask how many of the people on whom €4,500 was spent would have got a job in any event. That is where the complexity comes into the analysis. It is important to do that-----


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