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Jobseeker’s Benefit and Work

You may be able to claim JB while working part time


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Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) is a weekly payment from the Department of Social Protection (DSP) to people who are out of work and have paid enough PRSI contributions.

Can I work while receiving Jobseeker’s Benefit?

Yes. But in order to qualify for Jobseeker’s Benefit you must be fully unemployed for 4 out of 7 days. If you are receiving Jobseeker’s Benefit and working for part of a week, your JB entitlement will be based on a 5-day payment week. Therefore, for every day you work, one fifth of your normal JB rate is deducted.

You can continue to claim Jobseeker’s Benefit while working if:

  • your days at work have been reduced.
  • you are a part time worker on a schedule of week on/week off (this is dependent on whether or not you are available for, and looking for, work on your week off).
  • you are employed as a casual or part time worker.
  • you are employed as a subsidiary worker.

You will get the JB for days you do not work, but you cannot work more than 3 days per week, even part time.

The Citizens Information Website provides a lot of detail about the different rates of payment and terms attached to them.

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Published September 23rd, 2016
Last updated November 26th, 2016
Tags employment unemployment jobseeker
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