Minister of Employment suggests 9 billion euros to help offset cost of hiring staff

Valeriano Gómez, the Minister of Employment (at least until Sunday!) has suggested that he would like to triple the amount the government gives companies to offset the cost of hiring people.

The aids, on which the social security office spends around 3 billion a year at present, go towards a number of special interest schemes, such as offsetting social security costs for hiring older people, first time employees, disabled members of staff, etc.

It strikes me that saying now it would be a good idea to spend more on this sort of thing is, not to put too fine a point on it, political propaganda, as he has absolutely no chance of implementing the scheme, and could have done this at any point in the last 18 months (rather than spending his time making it more difficult to hire domestic help, for example).

And my personal opinion is that it would be better for all concerned if the government simplified the red tape surrounding the hiring and firing of staff rather than trying to patch up the system here and there. Making it even more complicated in the process.

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