Posted in Irish Business by Barbara
We have spoken to so many business over the last few months and they all agree that they are competing with the dole for employees. We know from our own expansion plans that we certainly are in whatswhat.ie.
It’s hard for politicians to come up with workable, practical solutions when they’re so removed from the reality of business. What small businesses need is not yet another consultant report, expert group or investment in some future Smart Economy.
So this is how we think it is:-
Business owners are presently letting staff go and are working 60 to 70 hours a week themselves in order to keep going.
At the moment business owners are competing with the dole for staff to help their business.
People are terrified to leave the welfare system as it is hard to get back into it again.
In many cases, it is also not worth their while financially as they are getting so many benefits.
This situation is also helping the black economy where legitimate businesses are suffering
So why not:-
Allow a business owner to take a suitable person off the live register.
Allow the Employee to keep his dole and benefits for a year or longer maybe.
The Employer matches the dole money, paying €200 or €250 to €300, putting no financial strain on the business
As a result:-
the employee gets earning and gets their self esteem back.
The Government gets PAYE, PRSI and levies on the €450/500, which reduces the strain on the public finances.
The extra income earned is going back to the Economy which will help businesses and will also give VAT back to the Government.
The Employer is getting a cost effective way to get his/her business back on track without working all the hours God Sends
No doubt there are some pitfalls in this but nothing that can’t be overcome.
We would particularly like comments on this from other business owners.