Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Published at: 6 July 2020
Last updated 30 July 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
was paid at a flat rate of €350 per week until 29 June.
From 29 June there are two rates of payment, based on previous earnings:
If you were receiving Jobseeker's Allowance or Benefit as a part-time or casual worker immediately before this payment, your earnings will not be reviewed and will remain on the rate of €350 per week.
If your rate changes, you will have noticed a difference in the amount you receive on Tuesday 7 July.
The Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid in arrears, with the payment week running from Friday to Thursday.
This means that the rate change on 29 June took effect in payments from 7 July.
COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment has been extended to 21 April 2020, with further rate changes on 17 September 2020 , 1 February 2021 and 1 April 2021
If you are an employee, we will examine your average gross weekly earnings in 2019 and January and February 2020. The higher figure will be used.
For example, if your average gross weekly earnings were €195 in 2019 and €210 in 2020, the figure of €210 will be used.
Similarly, if your average gross weekly earnings in 2019 were higher than in 2020, the 2019 figure will be used.
If you are self-employed, your average weekly income for 2018 will be used to decide your rate of payment.
If you have submitted your 2019 returns to Revenue and you consider that these are more beneficial, you can request a review of your rate of payment.
If you feel you should have received the higher rate of payment, you can request a review by forwarding all supporting documents. These will be matched with Revenue records.
Changes to the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Rates
If you need information or further assistance please contact the DEASP Income Support Helpline.
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