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DEASP Income Support Helpline for COVID-19

This helpline provides information on available income supports for people impacted by COVID-19. Our information team can advise on the most suitable income supports for your circumstances and provide information on how to make an application.

Phone: 01 2481398 or 1890 800024

Information for Employers, Employees and Self-Employed 

COVID-19 Income Support 

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection have a range of measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) This payment is available to employees and self-employed people who are unemployed or who have their hours of work reduced during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

This includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work. The payment has a simple one-page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers. It is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to the unemployed and provide income security during the pandemic.

Individuals applying for the payment will be required to apply for the normal jobseeker’s payments within this 6-week period. Once this normal jobseeker claim is subsequently received, the department will process these claims and make payments at that time. This will involve backdating increased payments for some people.
Members of the public are asked to apply for income support from the department, such as the full Jobseeker's Payment, through their online channel mywelfare.ie 

To apply: click here

You can have your payment or benefit paid directly into an account in a financial institution: click here

For more information on the range of supports and information for Self-Employed and Employees: click here

For more information on the range of supports and information for Employers: click here

COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit 

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are medically certified to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19, you can apply for Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences paid at a rate of €305 per week. This is available to employees and the self-employed.

A range of other supports are also available for:

workers whose employers do not supplement/top-up the State Illness Benefit payment 
workers who are requested to stay at home by their employer (COVID-19)
workers who are laid off temporarily or put on to short time working (COVID-19)
workers who need to take time off work to care for a person affected by (COVID-19

Jobseekers fall into many categories:

  • You may be entering the world of work for the first time.
  • You may have many years of work experience already.
  • You may be one of thousands of people that have been made redundant or lost their job in the recent Covid-19 situation 
  • You may want to change career direction, or be simply be looking for job with better opportunities. 

These all are reasons that prompt people to look at the labour market for job opportunities. Finding the right job can be a challenging, exciting or even a daunting process, whatever your reason, a range of resources are available to you through CareersPortal.ie, that are designed to assist you in making sound, informed decisions about your career.

Note: Use the links on this page to find the resources you need.

Self-Assessment Exercises: CareersPortal Career File

The Interest Profiler is a really useful free assessment exercise. Completing the exercise will highlight what jobs and educational courses would be most suited to you. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and will generate an eight page career interest report that is unique for you.

How do I complete the Interest Profiler?

To complete your personal Interest Profiler, start by clicking "Join" on CareersPortal.ie to create your on-line career file. This file can then be accessed from any machine anywhere. It will allow you to save up to 20 documents (e.g. CV, Cover Letter etc.) and complete a Personality Assessment in relation to what career areas might suit you.

You can also save Occupations of interest to you, details of related FETCHPLC and CAO courses that you think you would enjoy and also provides you with access to an array of useful information on study and career skills.

 

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