Dáil Éireann - Volume 451 - 30 March, 1995
Written Answers. - Job Costs.
Mrs. O'Rourke Mrs. O'Rourke
80. Mrs. O'Rourke asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment the estimated cost per capita of job provision through FÁS; Forbairt; the Industrial Development Authority; Shannon Development; and county enterprise boards. [6701/95]
Minister for Enterprise and Employment (Mr. R. Bruton) Richard Bruton
Minister for Enterprise and Employment (Mr. R. Bruton): It is assumed that the Deputy's question relates to cost per job.
In the case of Forbairt, IDA Ireland and Shannon Development cost per job is calculated on the basis of relating the total cost of all grants paid over a seven year period to the number of jobs created and still in existence at the end of the period. Therefore, it is a measurement of cost per job sustained over that period.
The most recent figures show that the cost per job sustained in Forbairt companies in the period 1988-94 was £9,930 at constant 1994 prices, while that for IDA Ireland companies was £12,786.
In relation to Shannon Development, the average cost per job sustained (covering the Shannon free zone and Irish industry in the region) for the period 1987-1993 was £13,150 at 1993 prices.
As county enterprise boards were only established in 1993, clearly cost per job sustained data similar to the main industrial development agencies is not available. I understand that, based on returns supplied by the 35 county enterprise boards for 1994, their first full year of operation, some 1,776 full time and 263 part time jobs were created by grant assisted projects at a cost of £4,965,000.
In relation to FÁS, the Deputy will no doubt be aware that the primary focus of its activity is the provision of training and employment scheme opportunities for unemployed persons. FÁS is not involved in direct job  creation. However, through the Community Enterprise Programme, FÁS assists community groups with enterprise proposals through the provision of wage subsidies and other financial assistance. The estimated direct cost per job assisted under the Community Enterprise Programme in 1994 was £8,690 approximately.
FÁS also provides a comprehensive and integrated advice service to co-operatives and to worker co-operatives in particular. This service covers training, business/promotion advice and direct financial assistance. The estimated direct cost per job assisted in 1994 was of the order of £7,980.
Dáil Éireann 451 Written Answers. Job Costs.