Mr. John J. Lynch,
27-33 Upper Baggot St.,
11 April 1997
Dear Mr. Lynch,
I am directed by the Chairman, Mr. Denis Foley TD, to refer to your recent appearance before the Committee of Public Accounts.
During its consideration of Paragraph 7 of the Report of the C&AG, the Committee requested further information in relation to the numbers of people who remained unemployed following their completion of the CES and the difficulties that face them in obtaining further employment.
In addition, the Committee requested the number of trainers employed by FÁS who are on contract.
The Committee would be grateful if this information could be provided by 30 April 1997.
Clíona O Rourke
Clerk to the Committee
P.O. Box 456, 27-33 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, Ire
Phone (01) 668 5777, Telex 93313 FAS E1, Fax (01) 668
Ms. Clíona O’Rourke
Clerk to the Committee
Committee of Public Accounts
Date: 23rd April, 1997
COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
Dear Ms. O’Rourke
I refer to your letter of 11th April, 1997, on behalf of Mr. Denis Foley, T.D., Chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts seeking further information from FÁS following from my recent appearance before the Committee.
During its consideration of Paragraph 7 of the Report of the Comptroller & Auditor-General, the Committee requested further information in relation to the numbers of people who remained unemployed following their completion of Community Employment and the difficulties that face them in obtaining further employment. The following is a response to this query.
Placement/Progression of Community Employment (C.E.) Participants
1996 Follow-Up Survey of CE Participants who completed in 1994
The most recent data on outcomes for participants after Community Employment (an ESRI Follow-Up Survey in 1996 of participants who completed Community Employment in 1994) shows placement into jobs or further training or education running at 66%. Before the range of quality improvements introduced to Community Employment from 1994, placement and progression rates of around 40% were being recorded.
As can be seen from the above Table, around 27% of Community Employment participants reverted to unemployment status after completion of Community Employment. Difficulties that these participants faced in obtaining further employment include:
•Availability of suitable jobs particularly in rural areas and disadvantaged urban areas.
•Older Community Employment participants, particularly, face competition for available jobs from school leavers, women returnees, younger short-term unemployed etc.
Many of the jobs available to Community Employment participants would be relatively lower paid. Persons with adult and child dependants, particularly, have less financial incentive to take such jobs compared to single persons (although there have been improvements in the 1996 Budget to increase incentives to take up lower paid jobs, such as improved Family Income Supplement, Retention of Child Dependent payment for 13 weeks, retention of medical cards for three years, etc.) Back-to-Work Allowance and Jobstart Incentive also provides important supports.
In regard to the second question being asked in relation to the number of Trainers employed by FÁS, the following is our response:-
I trust the above answers the questions raised. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
John J. Lynch