The Tánaiste says he intends to bring in five new workers' rights including an extra bank holiday.
It comes as the Local Enterprise Office network recorded a net increase of almost 3,000 jobs last year, with 524 in the South East.
Wexford had an increase of 288 jobs, there was 108 in Waterford, 81 in both Kilkenny and Tipperary while 47 new jobs were created in Carlow.
It followed a year of net job losses in many businesses in 2020.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the figures are encouraging, and Government will do more to back businesses and workers.
Among the five new workers' rights stated by Mr. Varadkar are statutory sick pay, the right to request remote working, protection of tips, new redundancy rights for people who were laid off during the pandemic, and an additional public holiday.
The Tánaiste says these will bring 'us in line with our European peers.'
Meanwhile, the Minister for Enterprise is forecasting increased job creation in rural and regional parts of Ireland over the coming years.
85 per cent of those employed by Local Enterprise Office-backed companies are outside the Dublin region.
Employment results show every LEO district in the country, except Cork South, saw a jobs increase in 2021.