Wage sub­sidy tar­gets long-term job seek­ers

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WAGE sub­si­dies of about $6000 will be paid to em­ploy­ers who hire and re­tain peo­ple who have been unem­ployed for more than two years.

The sub­sidy will be paid for at least six months, Fed­eral Em­ploy­ment Par­tic­i­pa­tion Min­is­ter Kate El­lis says.

She says Job Ser­vices Aus­tralia and Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices providers can use it as a tool to get more dis­ad­van­taged job seek­ers into work.

‘‘Wage sub­si­dies that are tar­geted at the most dis­ad­van­taged job seek­ers have proven to be ef­fec­tive both here and over­seas,’’ she says.

‘‘Over the next 31⁄ years, we ex­pect to see some 35,000 very long-term unem­ployed job seek­ers placed into em­ploy­ment us­ing this sub­sidy.’’

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