Short-Time Work Support is a form of Jobseeker's Benefit
and is an income support payment for people who have been temporarily placed on a shorter working week by their employer.
This payment is made in respect of the days of work that have been lost.
It is a non-taxable payment.
Short-Time Work must be systematic and show a clear repetitive pattern of employment. Employees must work at least 1 day in each week.
For example, your working week has been reduced from a 5 day work pattern to a 3 day work pattern, you may receive a Jobseeker’s Benefit payment for the other 2 days. For example, your work pattern based on a fortnightly period has reduced to 2 days in the first week and 3 days in the second week, you may receive a Jobseeker’s Benefit payment for the other days lost.
Short-Time Work Support is paid for a maximum of 234 days depending on the number of PRSI Contributions you have paid.
Employees must satisfy the same PRSI Conditions
that you would need to qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit.
How to qualify
To qualify for Short-Time Work Support, you must be:
temporarily working a standard reduced weekly work pattern
working 3 days or less per week having previously worked full-time
be under 66 years of age
be capable of work and be available for full-time work
have enough paid or credited social insurance (PRSI) contributions at class A
Rates of payment
Your rate of payment will depend on your average weekly earnings in the governing contribution year and the change in your work pattern. For example, if you are placed on a 3 day work pattern having previously worked 5 days, you may be entitled to up €81.20 for the 2 days you are no longer working. This represents two fifths of the maximum weekly rate of Jobseeker's Benefit of €203.
You may also get an increased rate of payment for a qualified adult and qualified children.
Short-Time Work Support is not taxable.
The quickest way to apply for Jobseeker’s Benefit is through MyWelfare.ie.
You must have a verified MyGovID
to use this service. If you complete your form online, you can then send on the UP14 form completed by your employer.