Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment (JST) is a is a special arrangement under the Jobseeker’s Allowance scheme. It is a means-tested payment.
You may qualify for this payment if you do not live with a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant and your youngest child is between 7 and 14 years old.
How to qualify
To qualify for JST you must:
Be capable of work
Be under 66 years old (at 66 you become eligible for the State Pension).
Be the parent, step-parent, adoptive parent or legal guardian of a relevant child (this means a child under the relevant age limit).
Be the main carer of at least one relevant child. The child must live with you. You cannot get JST if you have joint equal custody of a child or children.
Satisfy a means test.
Not be cohabiting.
If you are separated, divorced or your civil partnership is dissolved, you must have been living apart for at least three months before you apply for JST.
When your youngest child turns 14, the normal Jobseeker’s Allowance conditions will apply to you.
You can take part in a course or education and get JST. (If you are eligible, you may also get a student maintenance grant from SUSI – Student Universal Support Ireland).
You do not have to be available for and genuinely seeking full-time work but you must be capable of work
This is to allow you to meet your caring responsibilities when you have young children. Childcare supports are available if you do find work.
You do not have to be fully unemployed for four out of seven days. This means that you could work part-time for five days and still get JST (subject to the means test). This would allow you to work mornings only while your child or children are in school.
Rates of payment
The rate on Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment is €220 a week, plus the rate for any qualified child(ren).
New rental disregard
A new statutory rental disregard of up to €269.23 per week (€14,000 per year) has been introduced and applies from 12 July 2022, in respect of rental income from renting out a room(s) in your home to someone who is not an employee or an immediate family member. See Operational Guidelines: Means Assessment
for more details.