Jobseeker's Benefit is a payment for people between 18 and 66 who become fully or partly unemployed and have paid enough pay-related social insurance (PRSI) contributions.
If you are temporarily placed on a shorter working week, for example, your working week has been reduced from a 5 day work pattern to a 3 day work pattern, you can receive support under the Short Time Work Support
under the Jobseeker’s benefit scheme for the other 2 days.
Jobseeker's Benefit is paid for nine months or six months depending on the number of social insurance contributions you have.
How to qualify
To qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit, you must:
be fully or partly unemployed
be under 66 years of age
be capable of work and be available for full-time work
be genuinely seeking work
be unemployed for at least 4 days out of every 7
have enough paid or credited social insurance (PRSI) contributions at class A, H or P
You can work for up to 3 days a week and still get Jobseeker’s Benefit for the other days as long as you are available for full-time work.
Social insurance (PRSI) contributions
To qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit, you must satisfy two main PRSI contribution conditions.
You must have paid at least 104 PRSI insurable employment contributions at Class A, H or P,
You must have paid at least 156 PRSI self-employment contributions at Class S.
You must have either:
39 PRSI contributions paid from employment in the governing contribution year. At least 13 of these contributions must be paid from employment in the governing contribution year, the two years before this, the last year or the current tax year.
The governing contribution year is the second last complete tax year before the year in which the claim is made. For example, for claims made in 2019, the governing contribution year is 2017.
26 PRSI contributions paid in the governing contribution year and 26 paid in the year immediately before this.
Rates of payment
Your rate of payment will depend on your average weekly earnings in the governing contribution year.
The rate for qualified adult has been temporarily increased to €147
for a 12 week period
as part of the Governments income support plans announced on the 24th March. These rates will expire on the week of the 15th June
Jobseeker's Benefit Rates
Rate from January 2020
Full weekly payment
Extra payment for qualified adult
Extra payment for qualified child under 12
€36.00 (full-rate), €18.00 (half-rate)
Extra payment for qualified child 12 and over
€40.00 (full rate), €20.00 (half rate)
If you were working part-time during the governing contribution year and your average earnings were less than €300 a week, you will not qualify for the full rate of payment.
Please see the tables below for details on the reduced rates of payment.
Average weekly earnings
Personal rate of payment
Less than €150
€150 or above but less than €220
€220 or above but less than €300
€300 or more
You may get an increased rate of payment for a qualified adult and qualified children.
If you are on a Jobseeker's Benefit and wish to volunteer you can find all the information here here
Jobseekers over 62
If you are over the age of 62 and receiving a jobseeker’s payment, you do not have to: