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# jobbridge - Friday 12 September, 2014

Burton thanks IBM for JobBridge support

Company says 50 new jobs coming in Dublin multilingual sales centre.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 6 August, 2014

JobBridge is 'absolutely not' used by employers to get cheap labour

The Junior Minister for Labour Activation said that any employers who abuse the system will be “taken off”.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

Southwest region performing strongly as unemployment rate falls again

The unemployment rate now stands at 11.5%.

# jobbridge - Thursday 10 July, 2014

IBM and PayPal criticised for using JobBridge to fill science and tech positions

One ad called for an extra foreign language for a €50 a week position.

# jobbridge - Sunday 22 June, 2014

'Pinning the flesh back together is painful' - Eamon Gilmore's, um, graphic take on austerity

The Tánaiste has said that while Labour “can’t walk away from our mistakes”, the party’s achievements must be celebrated.

Joan Burton's department has refused to name most of the companies who use JobBridge

Sixty-eight per cent of companies who advertised over 9,000 posts on the JobBridge asked to remain anonymous.

# jobbridge - Friday 13 June, 2014

Teachers taking up JobBridge scheme in the bad books with the union

The INTO has directed its members not to participate in the scheme.

# jobbridge - Monday 9 June, 2014

USI says 'internship culture' to blame for low graduate wages

Union president Joe O’Connor said that schemes such as JobBridge had led to “a very, very employer friendly market”.

# jobbridge - Saturday 10 May, 2014

Eurovision, RTÉ Guide and Dr Dre: The week in numbers

Plus: Who was on the top-selling edition of the RTE Guide this year?

# jobbridge - Thursday 8 May, 2014

1,500 jobseekers are being put on compulsory JobBridge

And will face penalties if they don’t take up their places.

# jobbridge - Sunday 4 May, 2014

Documentary explores what it's like to be an intern in Ireland

One on the interns said that after the internship “It was like nothing, as if it wasn’t there”.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

Taoiseach warns of risk of 'welfare dependency' despite falling unemployment

An Taoiseach made the comments as Live Register declined for the 22nd consecutive month.

# jobbridge - Thursday 24 April, 2014

Column: I've entered the Church of Burton ... Yes, I am now a JobBridge intern

After two years of being unemployed, I’ve just started a JobBridge internship. The experience has been a mixed one so far.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

OECD says JobBridge is leaving most disadvantaged behind

The international think tank also recommended that the role of the Community Employment Programme be reconsidered as it is not cost effective, especially in terms of getting people back to regular employment.

# jobbridge - Monday 21 April, 2014

Cannabis campaigner Mark Fitzsimons on being a 'protest vote' in May's elections

The Dundalk-based local and European elections candidate shares his thoughts on fracking, evictions and why cannabis should be made legal.

# jobbridge - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

Column: Unpaid internships, low wages, zero hour contracts – this is life without job security

The lack of proper jobs will ultimately cause our economy to stagnate – but employers can’t seem to resist the almost-endless supply of cheap labour.

# jobbridge - Saturday 12 April, 2014

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Everyone’s been talking about the Irish language, Amnesty International and Hillsborough, 25 years on.

Marchers in Dublin City today want JobBridge to be scrapped

The protest is being organised by the youth committees of a number of unions with two MEP hopefuls involved.

# jobbridge - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Sligo has the highest rate of people on JobBridge right now

0.35 per cent of the population within the age limits for the scheme are currently taking part.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

Fianna Fáil TD admits party is 'very disappointed' about lack of female candidates

Less than one in five of the party’s candidates in May’s elections are women.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Gerry Adams says Gateway and JobBridge massaging dole numbers

He made the comment as the Live Register falls below 400,000 for first time since 2009.

# jobbridge - Saturday 15 February, 2014

SuperValu store seeks off licence, fresh food, and butcher interns protesters gathered outside a store in Deansgrange in south Dublin yesterday over the move.

# jobbridge - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Under-25s who fail to accept some JobBridge internships could face dole cut

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has said that her department reserves the right to impose sanctions on welfare payments.

Munster Express was handed two-month JobBridge ban after complaint from intern

Journalism graduate Martin Malone said that he was given no mentoring and claimed the newspaper were using the scheme for free labour.

# jobbridge - Sunday 19 January, 2014

Were 58,000 new jobs created in Ireland in 2013?

The government says the Action Plan for Jobs is working and more than 50,000 jobs were created in 2013. This week we’ve looked at where this figure came from and how accurate it is.

# jobbridge - Saturday 18 January, 2014

Protests at some Advance Pitstop branches over JobBridge internships

Advance Pitstop has said that it is availing of the scheme to provide nine-month placements to interns across its branch network.

# jobbridge - Friday 3 January, 2014

Call for lifting of public service hiring embargo to cut JobBridge use

The IDA has been criticised for hiring interns through the JobBridge website.

# jobbridge - Friday 6 December, 2013

Column: JobBridge isn't about helping people, it's about padding unemployment figures

Young people, and all of those who are unemployed, should not accept the choice the government is trying to offer us between emigration or life on the dole and in unpaid work, writes Kevin Coughlan.

# jobbridge - Friday 1 November, 2013

Poll: Should teachers agree to take up JobBridge positions? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should teachers agree to take up JobBridge positions?

The national internship scheme has been used to take on 58 teachers, something which has been heavily criticised. What do you think?

58 teaching positions have been filled on JobBridge

Qualified teachers employed on the scheme would have earned less than €7 an hour.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

"Employers have to become part of the solution"- Joan Burton

Incentives she said will come into place from the beginning of 2014 to offer employers a rebate if they employ someone who has been unemployed for six-months or more.

# jobbridge - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Column: Cutting unemployment benefit to the under-26s is unjust and unacceptable

The plan is a further step towards the political disillusionment of young people, a drastic slash in living standards, and an even more polarised society, write Dan O’Neill and Fiona Dunkin.

# jobbridge - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Poll: Is the extension of the JobBridge scheme a good idea? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is the extension of the JobBridge scheme a good idea?

A demonstration opposing the move is planned for today.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here are the nine things you want to know as you start your weekend…

Protest planned against extension on JobBridge schemes

Socialist MEP Paul Murphy of the website says that it’s “patently ridiculous” that an internship should last for 18 months.

# jobbridge - Thursday 19 September, 2013

You can now do up to three - instead of two - JobBridge internships

So far the number of JobBridge internships has passed 20,000.

# jobbridge - Thursday 12 September, 2013

From The Daily Edge Someone made a JobBridge ad for the new Ireland football manager Trap

Someone made a JobBridge ad for the new Ireland football manager

“On completion, the intern will have gained experience in the planning and acquisition of nil-all draws.”

# jobbridge - Saturday 31 August, 2013

'Restrictive' criteria denying jobseekers access to support schemes

Minister Joan Burton’s department has defended itself against criticisms in a recent report, saying that resources are ‘scarce’ and so the long-term unemployed are prioritised.

# jobbridge - Saturday 17 August, 2013

Limerick school posted five JobBridge ads, one looking for a cleaner Ardscoil Rís This post contains images

Limerick school posted five JobBridge ads, one looking for a cleaner

Willie O’Dea, TD for Limerick City and Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Social Protection, said “five seems pretty high alright”, but added “schools are struggling”.

# jobbridge - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday

Everybody’s talking about the upcoming Budget, a controversial JobBridge advertisement, and dozens of protesters dying in Cairo.