Reducing unemployment

I took a quick look on and couldn’t find a single job offering job share (where two or more workers share the same job). Which got me thinking – should the government be incentivising job share schemes? That is offering tax breaks, or other incentives, to employers who offer shared jobs.

I am sure these type of arrangements would suit many workers currently in employment and some unemployed. It would mean that come any redundancies companies could lay-off less staff, and as current staff take up the program they may be able to hire in unemployed workers who would prefer not to work full-time (e.g. young mothers, older workers, mature students etc.).

Some good news on Irish unemployment – it fell by 0.4% between Q4 2009 and Q1 2010! Although unemployment currently stands at a depressing 12.9%.