The Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme (PTJI) is a scheme which allows persons who are long-term unemployed to take up part-time employment for less than 24 hours per week and receive a special weekly income supplement. You must be genuinely seeking work and available for full-time work while you are on PTJI.
How to qualify
You may qualify for PTJI if you are fully unemployed, in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance for at least 390 days and in receipt of a higher jobseeker's payment than the rate which you would be entitled to on Part-Time Job Incentive.
You must agree to remain on the scheme for at least two months.
You must pay a PRSI contribution at class A or J and the total hours you work must be less than 24 per week. 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.
You may have more than one job provided the jobs satisfy the conditions for PTJI and the total number of hours worked is less than 24 each week.
If you get full-time work you may not return to PTJI at the end of your full-time work no matter how short it was.
Smallholders or self-employed persons are not permitted to take part in the 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 must 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.