The Department of An Taoiseach announced on Friday 17th that “A national recruitment campaign will start shortly with the aim of recruiting a large number of temporary workers for the horticulture sector from the Live Register within Ireland”. This campaign is led by Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection(DEASP). DAFM and Teagasc, with the support of Horticultural producers represented by the IFA, have partnered with DEASP to support this development.
The process for the campaign is as follows:
- Teagasc is facilitating horticultural producers to input details of available open positions for seasonal workers below through the form. The purpose of this exercise is to map the locations, roles and numbers required.
- On foot of this mapping exercise, this information will be notified to Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection(DEASP). Their Employer Relations team will then work to attract willing and able workers to the roles. They will drive the overall process of direct engagement with and shortlisting of potential recruits. Those being contacted will be resident in Ireland and currently unemployed (not on temporary lay-off due to Covid-19 restrictions). The Employer Relations team will match possible clients to the producers who have identified vacancies through Teagasc. Horticulture producers will receive names and email addresses of possible candidates.
- The producers will be responsible for interviewing, selecting and appointing suitable candidates to the vacant jobs. The producers will also be asked to update the Employer Relations team if clients referred by them have been successful and are appointed to roles.
- The jobs identified by the employers will also be publicly advertised on JobsIreland.ie so that they are visible to everyone looking for employment.
Details of all employer supports provided by DEASP are available here These services are free to access and include financial supports that are available under the JobsPlus and Wages Subsidy Scheme for employing people with a disability.