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Unemployment and Entitlements

The information below provides an overview of some frequently asked questions in relation to applying to the Department Employment Affairs and Social Protection for social welfare entitlements when you are unemployed.

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

What do I do when I become unemployed?

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How do I qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit payment?

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Made Redundant - Will the amount of my redundancy payment affect my rate of benefit?

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How much will I get paid on Jobseeker's Allowance?

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What happens if I don’t have enough PRSI contributions paid to qualify for Jobseeker’s Benefit?

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How often will I have to sign on for my unemployment payment?

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Will I be entitled to any other supports now that I am unemployed?

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Is the procedure the same if I am only reducing my hours worked?

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Who pays for Bank Holidays when I am working reduced hours?

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I am self-employed but my income and work has drastically reduced in the past six months. Can I claim Jobseeker’s Allowance?

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I need more information for my particular situation. Where can I get it?

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