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Jobseeker's Transitional Payment

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What Jobseeker's Transitional Payment is

Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment is a weekly payment starting at €203 that helps lone parents with young children go back to work. It is a means-tested payment.

You may qualify for this payment if you do not live with a spouse or partner and your youngest child is between 7 and 14 years old.

If you are no longer entitled to One-Parent Family Payment and your youngest child is 14 years or older, you can apply for Jobseeker's Allowance instead.

How to qualify

The rules that apply to Jobseeker’s Allowance and to Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment are similar.

The maximum weekly rate of payment is the same. While on Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment:

  • you can take part in a course of education and also get a student maintenance grant from SUSI, if you are eligible
  • you do not have to be available for and genuinely seeking full-time work, so that you can meet your caring responsibilities to young children. Childcare supports may be available if you 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 Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment, which is subject to a means test. This would allow you to work mornings only while your child(ren) is in school
  • you cannot cohabit with another person while you are on Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment

Rates of payment

The rate on Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment is €203 a week, plus the rate for any qualified child(ren).


To apply, fill in the form below and return it with the relevant supporting documents to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.

Application Form: Jobseeker's Transitional Payment (JST1)

Remember, you must have at least one dependent child living with you to qualify for Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment. Your youngest child must be between 7 and 14 years of age.


Operational Guidelines

Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.

Operational Guidelines: Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.