Mature Workers Scheme

Employers, including self-employed individuals, who as from 2014 employ persons aged between 45 and 65, and who have been registering for work on Parts 1 and 2 of the unemployment register for the preceding six months, will have their income tax deducted pro-rata, as per the following information.

Employers will receive up to a maximum of €11,600 in tax deductions on the chargeable income for the first two years of employment for each eligible employee. This will result in savings of €5,800 per annum.

Moreover, employers who engage eligible employees may benefit from a further tax deduction of 50% of the cost of training up to a maximum of €400 per employee.

Eligibility criteria

  • Employers must employ individuals who are 45+ years old;
  • Have been on the unemployment register for the preceding 6 consecutive months prior to employment;
  • The gap between last registration date and engagement form not exceeding 15 days.


Applications (including all documentation) are to be submitted by post or by hand to:

Employment Services Division
Employing Older Workers Scheme
Hal Far Road
Hal Far BBG 3000

More information is available in the guidelines available here whereas, a promotional brochure on this initiative may also be viewed here.

Contact details

Generic telephone number: 22201237

Generic email address: [email protected]