I have heard that that in some EU countries such as Ireland, an employer can receive a €10,000 per year subsidy for simply employing a person who has been unemployed for a certain length of time. Additionally, if you employ low paid or even free workers, you can also be entitled to this subsidy. Is this true?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it belongs on workplace.stackexchange.com – BlueDogRanch Jul 2 at 14:29
  • @BlueDogRanch I don't see why it belongs there. It seems to be a very clear question about "is the law actually like this". – Martin Bonner supports Monica Jul 2 at 15:48
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    AFAIK there are not "EU laws" related to this; these kind of incentives are linked to national laws of each country and as such they will be different from country to country. – SJuan76 Jul 2 at 16:09
  • A valid question can be about the laws of more than one country. I do not think this is off-topic on law.se, and it should not be closed. – David Siegel Jul 2 at 18:42

In Ireland there is a scheme called JobsPlus, which is intended to incentivise employers to employ the long-term unemployed. It has two rates, €7,500 and €10,000, depending on the circumstances of the individual unemployed person.



Countries anywhere in the world are free to grant subsidies as a means to achieve goals they want to achieve. Getting people back into work who have been unemployed for a long time is both socially good ( a country should try to improve everyone’s well-being) and also financially very good (turning welfare recipients into tax payers is doubly good for a country’s economy).

So yes, it is quite possible that such subsidies exist.

  • EU law specifically outlaws subsidies that count as 'state aid', so those countries are not free, for example, to achieve the goal of encouraging home production rather than imports. – Tim Lymington supports Monica Aug 3 at 9:05

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