The Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme is a payment of €128.60 per week if you are single, and €209.70 for a couple. It is intended as a stepping stone to full-time work.
It allows certain long-term unemployed people to take up part-time work and get a special weekly allowance instead of their jobseeker’s payment.
Recipients under the scheme must be available for and seeking full-time work while getting the payment.
How to qualify
You are eligible to participate in the Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme if you get part-time work for under 24 hours per week and immediately before that you:
were on long-term Jobseeker’s Allowance (that is, getting a jobseeker’s payment for 15 months or more)
were getting a weekly Jobseeker’s Allowance payment of at least €128.60 if you are single or €209.70 if you were getting an increase for a qualified adult for a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant
undertake to remain on the scheme for 2 months
The part-time job you get must be likely to last at least 2 months and be insurable at social insurance (PRSI) Class A or J. If you earn €38.00 or more a week, it will be insurable at Class A. If you earn less than €38.00, it will be insurable at Class J.
If you get full-time work you may not return to the Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme no matter how short your full-time work lasted.
If you are self-employed (including a smallholder) you are not eligible for this scheme.
Rates of payment
You will get a weekly allowance of:
€128.60 per week if you are single
€209.70 for a couple
There are no increases in these rates for any children. The allowance is paid regardless of how much you earn in your job. However, your wages will be taxable in the usual way.
Payment is made each week to your bank account.
Both you and your employer must complete form PTJI 2 at the end of each 4 week period. This is necessary to confirm that you worked for less than 24 hours each week and that you are insurably employed.
Once you have secured a part-time job, you should contact your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office to apply. You will be asked to complete the application form PTJI 1 and give details of your part-time employment.
Complete application form PTJI 1 (linked below) and return it to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office. The Case Manager there will be able to give you more information on the Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme and on any other available options.
Please remember to sign the Declaration in Part 1. If you have any difficulty in filling in this form, please contact your local Citizens Information Centre, your local Intreo Centre or your local Social Welfare Branch Office.
Your employer has to complete form PTJI2 at the end of each 4-week period to confirm the hours that you worked and that you are insurably employed. You must sign a declaration (using the same form) confirming that you worked less than 24 hours each week.
You must return this form to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office. If there is any delay in returning this form, payment is suspended until the form is received.