What is a Jobseeker's Benefit?
Jobseeker's Benefit is a weekly payment from the government to people who are out of work and covered by social insurance (PRSI). This payment is for those who have lost their job and are actively looking for another. It is intended to provide temporary financial support while they seek new employment. cessing public services, including social welfare benefits, in Ireland.
How to Qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit:
To qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit, you must:
PRSI Contribution Conditions:
Rates of Payment:
Your rate of payment will depend on your average weekly earnings in the governing contribution year.
|Full Weekly Payment
|Half Weekly Payment
|Qualified Child (under 12)
|Qualified Child (12 and over)
If you were working part-time during the governing contribution year and your average earnings were less than €300 a week, you will not qualify for the full rate of payment. The reduced rates of payment are as follows:
|Average Weekly Earnings
|Personal Rate of Payment
|Less than €150
|€150 - €219.99
|€220 - €299.99
|€300 or more
You may get an increased rate of payment for a qualified adult and qualified children.
If you're 65 years old, you're paid using the maximum rate of Jobseeker’s Benefit regardless of your part-time employment status.
How to Apply:
You can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance by completing the application form.
You can also apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance by going to your local Intreo Centre
You should apply as soon as you become unemployed otherwise you could lose some payment.
If you are making a repeat claim (less than 6 months since your last claim), you should complete a repeat claim form known as Jobseeker's Repeat Claim Application Form (UP6).
You can apply even if you do not have all of the documents, but you cannot get a decision on your application until you have provided all of the documents.
If you start part-time/casual/short-time work
Your employer needs to complete the Employer Declaration (UP80). This form can be downloaded and filled in from a device. When your employer completes the form you need to return it to your local Intreo Centre.
You can appeal a decision if you are unhappy with it. You should appeal within 21 days of the decision and you can ask for an oral hearing.
An appeals officer, whose decision is final, will then decide your case. Some cases can be decided without an oral hearing.
If new information comes to light or your circumstances change, you can apply for Jobseeker's Benefit again.