Unemployed/Jobseeker

There are two Jobseekers payments available to unemployed people. These are called

 

Please look at the conditions below to identify which of those may apply to you if you are unemployed.

JOBSEEKER'S BENEFIT

  • Please see our Claiming a Payment page for useful information related to making your claim.
  • Jobseeker's Benefit is a non-means tested payment based on your PRSI Contributions ('stamps') when you were working
  • If you have been made Redundant and have received a statutory redundancy payment you may qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit
  • If you have lost your job, but have not received a statutory redundancy payment, you may qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit.
  • Jobseeker's Benefit is paid at a flat-rate. You will not receive any additional monies in relation to your rate of pay while you were working
  • Jobseeker's Beneift is not means tested. Your savings, investments, property/land (not including your own home) and redundancy settlement recieved will not affect your payment
  • You may receive an additional payment for your partner/spouse. Any monies earned by your partner/spouse could affect the payment you recieve for them
  • You may receive an additional payment for any dependant children up to the age of 18 ( or 22 if in full-time education)
  • Self-employed people usually do not qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit. The class of PRSI contribution they paid while self-employed does not normally qualify them for Jobseeker's Benefit.

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 - Jobseeker's Benefit - More Information

If you think you may qualify for this payment, click here for more information on Jobseeker's Benefit.

If you have any questions in relation to Jobseeker's Benefit you can speak, in complete confidence, to an Information Officer in the Information and Advocacy section directly at 01 - 856 0088 , Monday - Friday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, or you can use our online Contact Us form on the INOU website - click here. 

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  JOBSEEKER'S ALLOWANCE

  • Please see our Claiming a Payment page for useful information related to making your claim.
  • Jobseeker's Allowance is a means-tested unemployment payment normally made when an applicant does not have enough PRSI contributions to qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit
  • If you have lost your job, and have not recieved a statutory redundancy payment and did not qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit, you may qualify for Jobseekers Allowance.
  • If you were self-employed, and were not entitled to Jobseeker's Benefit, you may qualify for Jobseeker's Allowance
  • If you have used-up your entitlement to Jobseeker's Benefit you may qualify for Jobseeker's Allowance
  • If you are a school leaver (over 18), have been out of school for over 3 months and have been unable to find a job you may qualify for Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Jobseeker's Allowance is a means tested. Your savings, investments and any property/land (not including your own home) may affect your payment
  • You may receive an additional payment for your partner/spouse. Any monies earned by your partner/spouse could affect your payment and any payment you recieve for them
  • You may receive an additional payment for any dependant children up to the age of 18 ( or 22 if in full-time education)

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- Jobseeker's Allowance - More Information

If you think you may qualify for this payment,  click here for more information on Jobseeker's Allowance.

 If you have any questions in relation to Jobseeker's Allowance you can speak, in complete confidence, to an Information Officer in the Information and Advocacy section directly at 01 - 856 0088 , Monday - Friday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, or you can use our online Contact Us form on the INOU website - click here

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Last Updated: 20/09/2017