Gozo refund scheme aimed at creating more private sector jobs
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A scheme has been launched today aimed at creating more jobs within the private sector in Gozo.
During the launch Finance Minister Prof Edward Scicluna said that, “the sustainable development of Gozo depends on the private sector. The Government has a role to incentivise the private sector to enable the economy to continue moving forwards.”
He added that Gozo has experienced unprecedented growth over the past years. “The measure unveiled today should enable the private sector to offer more jobs,” said Minister Scicluna.
Prof Scicluna went on to say that “it will also send a strong signal that Gozo has potential for productive investment in both existing and new sectors.”
Also present for the launch held at the premises of the Gozo Business Chamber, was the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana.
She explained that this scheme has been designed and implemented following a discussion with the Gozitan business community, as well as the Ministry for Finance.
Dr Caruana said the scheme is specifically intended to encourage an increase in new jobs within the private sector. She went on to quote statistics issued by the National Statistics Office showing that by December 2016, the largest amount of jobs were generated through the private sector.
The Minister for Gozo went on to say that the measure, which was announced in the last budget, will see the Government refund 30% of the salary, up to a maximum of €6,000, to employers offering workers a 3-year contract.
The Minister for Gozo concluded by saying that this measure will help to create more employment opportunities and good quality work in Gozo.
Applications are available online from the Ministry for Gozo website or mobile app, mygozo.
Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri