Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Finance

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Bríd SmithBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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57. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of workers on the WSS whose earnings are below €205 and €350, respectively. [6156/20]

Photo of Bríd SmithBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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84. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of employers, registered for tax purposes as offshore, that have availed of the wage subsidy scheme; and the cost of the scheme in these cases. [5960/20]

Photo of Bríd SmithBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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85. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of transnational corporations availing of the wage subsidy scheme; the number of their employees on the scheme; and the sectors of industry in which they operate. [5961/20]

Photo of Bríd SmithBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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92. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of employees who have been placed on the wage subsidy scheme and whose earnings are below €350 from this scheme and are not in receipt of any top-up from their employer; and the amount of weekly subsidy these workers receive from the scheme in bands below €350 (details supplied). [6158/20]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 57, 84, 85 and 92 together.

In relation to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS), since 9 April 2020 Revenue has published statistics on the operation of the TWSS on a regular basis. On 14 May, Revenue published updated and expanded statistical information in relation to the scheme. All of these statistics are available on Revenue’s website www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/information-about-revenue/statistics/number-of-taxpayers-and-returns/covid-19-wage-subsidy-scheme-statistics.aspx.

The data published include the cost of the scheme to date as well as detailed information on employers and employees in receipt of payments under the scheme.

As at 14 May, Revenue report that:

- There are over 53,900 employers registered with Revenue for the TWSS.

- Over 47,300 employers have already received subsidy payments under the TWSS.

- Over 464,400 employees have already received at least one payment under the TWSS.

- The cumulative value of payments made under the TWSS is €936 million.

Regarding the Deputy's question on the number of employers, registered for tax purposes as off-shore that have availed of the wage subsidy scheme; and the cost of the scheme in these cases; the TWSS is only available to employers registered in Ireland that had employees included on their Irish payroll in February 2020 and whose business activities are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme does not apply to the public service or non-commercial semi-state sector.

Regarding the Deputy's question on the number of transnational corporations availing of the wage subsidy scheme; the number of their employees on the scheme; and the sectors of industry in which they operate, the available information at the above link includes the proportions of employers and employees assigned to Revenue’s Large Corporates Division that are currently availing of TWSS (0.7% of employers and 14.6% of employees)), many of these employers are likely to be multinational companies. Sectoral breakdowns of TWSS employers and employees are also included in the statistics.

Regarding the Deputy's question on the number of workers on TWSS whose earnings are below €205 and €350, respectively, the information published at the above link shows the available wage distribution for TWSS employees (Table 5 of the 14 May statistics, for example).

Finally, regarding the Deputy's question on the number of employees that have been placed on the wage subsidy scheme; and whose earnings are below €350 from the scheme; and are not in receipt of any top-up from their employer; and the amount of weekly subsidy these workers receive from the scheme in bands below €350, Table 11 in the statistics of 23 April, 30 April and 7 May and Table 6 in the 14 May statistics (all published at the link above) includes the available analysis of employer ‘top-up’ payments to employees.

Revenue has advised me that it is continuing to undertake further analysis of TWSS and will publish updated and expanded statistics on a regular basis. These updates will also be published at the link above.

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