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Jobseeker's Benefit

Jobseeker's Benefit is a non-means tested weekly unemployment payment based on your Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) contributions. If you have been in employment for a number of years, you are probably entitled to Jobseekers’ Benefit. If you don’t qualify for Jobseeker’s Benefit, you may qualify for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

To qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit you must:

  • Be unemployed (you must be fully unemployed or unemployed for at least 4 days out of 7)
  • Be under 66 years of age
  • Have enough social insurance (PRSI) contributions
  • Be capable of work
  • Be available for and genuinely seeking work
  • Have had a substantial loss of employment and as a result be unemployed for at least 4 days out of 7

Jobseeker's Benefit can be paid for a maximum of 9 months to:

• New claimants who have at least 260 paid contributions

Jobseeker's Benefit can be paid for a maximum of 6 months to:

• New claimants who have less than 260 paid contributions

Work and Jobseeker's Benefit

To get Jobseeker's Benefit you must be unemployed or have lost at least one day's employment and as a result be unemployed for at least 4 days out of 7 days. You may continue to get Jobseeker's Benefit if you can only find part-time or casual work.

Where a Jobseeker's Benefit recipient is working for part of a week, their entitlement will be based on a 5-day payment week. This means that for each day that a person is employed, 1/5th of the normal rate of Jobseeker's Benefit is deducted. If they get part-time work for 2 days, they will get 3/5ths of the normal Jobseeker's Benefit for that week and if they get part-time work for 3 days they will get 2/5ths of the normal rate of Jobseeker's Benefit for the week.

While you are awaiting payment of the Jobseeker’s Benefit you may qualify for Supplementary Welfare Allowance.  Click here for further information on the Supplementary Welfare Allowance.

For more detailed information on the qualifying criteria, rates, the means test and how to apply Jobseeker’s Benefit, click here to be redirected to the Department of Social Protection website.


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