Why would a company that recently posted gross profits of €14m need to hire JobBridge staff at the expense of the taxpayer?
In a current JobBridge placement (here) Giraffe is looking for 9 Childcare Assistants to fill 6 month ‘internships’. No experience, no mention of Garda vetting and no qualifications beyond a pass Leaving Cert or equivalent.
The company which should be reeling following the RTÉ Prime Time investigates exposé of abominable child care standards across various agencies including Giraffe, is searching for free labour while parents pay up to €1,000pm to have their children looked after.
Employers are given basic guidelines when applying for free labour – the candidates receive far less than minimum wage for the 6 or 9 months they fill these roles. Basic guidelines include a ratio of permanent staff to JobBridge staff as follows:
Giraffe in this case are looking for 9 JobBridge staff, presumably they are not all for the Sandyford branch as that would be against the rules. Also worth noting that these positions are advertised on Indeed.ie which is not one of the Govt. administered websites intended for JobBridge.
A typical childcare assistant at Giraffe (according to a recent salary survey) is remunerated somewhere between €14,817 – €21,842. Admittedly a low wage, especially for what can be a highly stressful job as we saw in the documentary. However a saving of almost €180,000 by using JobBridgers would be welcome by a profit-centred organisation.
We presume that Giraffe is also allowing the requisite 6 month ‘cooling off period’ before taking on new JobBridge staff as per the rules, it should be noted that Host Organisations wishing to offer care related internships cannot use interns to displace the need for employees in cases where the Host Organisation is required by law (in the case of childcare) to provide a certain ratio of staff to clients.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, quizzed in the Dáil today, has said there will be “no JobBridge approved for any of the facilities named in the RTE programme”. However these positions are still advertised.