More than five thousand unemployed had applied until mid-September for the subsidised employment scheme under flexible work arrangements, of the Labour Ministry.
According to data compiled by the Ministry, more than 650 organisations and companies have applied for participation in the scheme providing more than 985 job positions.
So far, 70 employments have been approved, whereas 820 positions are to be conjugated and approved.
The scheme was launched in May 2013 as part of the government’s measures to tackle the rising unemployment.
Meanwhile from August 1, the Ministry has started job placement for young unemployed graduates under a relevant scheme launched by the Ministry also last May.
By May 24, the Ministry had received 3,746 applications from young unemployed graduates and 524 applications from businesses and organisations for 2,846 job positions.
During a second call that ended on August 28 the Ministry received 261 applications from companies and organisations, offering 875 positions.
Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Zeta Emilianides has told the CNA that she will discuss with social partners three new employment schemes, expected to be launched in early October.
The new schemes, currently under preparation at the Ministry, will aim at school graduates, long term unemployed and small and medium enterprises.
Unemployment in Cyprus hit new record high in August.
Figures released by the Statistical Service showed that the number of registered unemployed persons on the last day of August reached 48.451 persons compared to 48,001 persons in the previous month and 33,934 in August 2012.
Based on the seasonally adjusted data the number of registered unemployed for August 2013 increased to 51.291 persons in comparison to 48.545 in the previous month.