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Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme is

The Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme is a payment of €128.60 per week if you are single, €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 €122.20 if you are single or €199.20 if you are getting an increase for a qualified adult, this increases to €125.40 single rate and €204.50 for a couple from 21 March 2018
  • 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 qualified 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 by electronic funds transfer 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.

To avoid any break in your payment, it is recommended that the completed form is returned promptly to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.

Apply

Once you have secured the 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 PTA 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 your more information on the Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme and on any other available options.

Application form for Part-Time Job Incentive (PTJI)

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.

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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.

Payment is made weekly into your bank account.