Grants & Financial incentives

Wage Subsidy Scheme – A Grant for Employers who hire a person with a disability

 As an Employer you can avail of this grant:

  • Martin HayesIf you have a job opportunity that is at least 21 hours, up to 40 hours per week.
  • Here is an example of how this Grant works:

If the new employee works an average job of 28 hours per week at €8.65 per hour, they will earn = €242.20 which is paid by you.
You will then receive a Wage Subsidy from FÁS of €5.30 towards the hourly rate of €8.65 that you have paid to the new employee i.e. €148.40 per week.

Hours worked by new employee

28 hours @ €8.65 per hour  = €242.20

(Paid by Employer)
(Note:  This figure is not inclusive of Employer PRSI)
Wage Subsidy paid by FÁS to the employer  €148.40
Difference between Wages Paid & WSS €  93.80

If you are interested in this Grant please contact EmployAbility Clare at 065 6844007 to begin the process.
A FÁS Employment Services Officer will then meet with you. Please note that there must be some productivity issue i.e. there must be 1 or 2 tasks that they can not do or can not complete 100%.
Employers availing of the WSS are not eligible for the PRSI Exemption Scheme.

Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme

The Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme exempted employers from liability to pay their share of PRSI for certain employees. The scheme was open to employers who create new and additional jobs.

The Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme ceased on 30 June 2013 for new participants.

A new JobsPlus incentive scheme has replaced the Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption Scheme and Revenue Job Assist from July 2013.

Existing participants on the Revenue Job Assist and Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption Scheme (which both ceased for new participants on 30 June 2013) are not affected by the new JobsPlus scheme.

Any job created in 2010 which meets the scheme criteria will be able to benefit from the exemption. Qualifying jobs created in 2010 but before the scheme comes into operation will benefit from the exemption for 12 months from the scheme launch date. Qualifying jobs created after the scheme launch will benefit from the exemption for 12 months from the date the employment commences.

The provisional scheme criteria are as follows:

  • The employee concerned must have been on the Live-Register (Unemployed) for at least 6 months.
  • The job must be full-time and must be new and additional – employers will not be allowed to substitute existing employees to avail of the scheme.
  • The employer will be required to furnish an up-to-date Tax Clearance Certificate.
  • Employers will be limited to a maximum participation rate of 5% of their existing workforce or, for smaller companies, a maximum of 5 new jobs.
  • The job must last for 6 months or more. If it does not the PRSI exempt amounts will have to be repaid by the employer.
Work Placement Programme (WPP) – Provider

Ask yourself the following questions –

  • Have you ever conducted interviews and found all candidates had the qualifications but lacked the necessary experience
  • Have you ever been unemployed and needed experience to progress but were unsuccessful in finding such an opportunity

If your answer is YES then why not provide someone with the opportunity to gain valuable experience with your business without any monetary outlay.

Eligibility Criteria:

If you wish to register your interest in this programme, you should be aware of the following essential criteria:

  • The business currently must have no vacancies in the area of activity in which the placement is offered
  • The placement cannot be provided to displace an existing employee
  • The business must not have made any person redundant in the last 3 months
  • The business must be fully compliant with current workplace health and safety and all other legal requirements
  • The business must be a legal entity
Employee Retention Grant Scheme

The purpose of the Employee Retention Grant Scheme is to assist employers to retain employees who acquire an illness, condition or impairment which impacts on their ability to carry out their job. It helps to explore the employees continuing capacity to operate as productive members of the workforce.

This scheme assists in maintaining the employability of the employee when s/he acquires an illness, condition or impairment (occupational or otherwise) by providing funding to:

  • Identify accommodation and/or training to enable the employee to remain in his/her current position; or
  • Re-train the employee so that s/he can take up another position within the company.

The scheme is Structured in 2 stages according to the development and implementation of a retention strategy.

Scheme Structure

Stage 1 facilitates employers by enabling them to buy-in external specialist skills and knowledge needed to develop an individualised ‘retention strategy’ for the employee who acquires a disability.

Stage 2 provides funding to the employer towards the implementation of the written retention strategy, including re-training, job coaching and/or hiring of an external co-ordinator to oversee and manage its implementation.


The Employee Retention Grant Scheme is open to all companies in the private sector. Funding is available to support the retention of any existing employee, at all levels and occupations within the company, who acquires an illness, condition or impairment which impacts on their current ability to do their job.