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Can I be on Jobseeker's Allowance and work?

You may be able to claim JA and work part-time

Written by SpunOut | View this authors Twitter page and posted in employment

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Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) is a social welfare payment for people who are unemployed. JA is for those people who have not paid enough PRSI contributions to qualify for Jobseeker’s Benefit, or have used up their entitlements to Jobseeker’s Benefit.

Working and Jobseeker's Allowance

Jobseeker’s Allowance is means-tested, and your means must be below a certain level to qualify. While you must be unemployed, available for, and seeking, full time work to qualify for JA, you do not have to be fully unemployed to receive the payment. 
If you are unemployed for 4 out of 7 days, you can work for the other 3 days while still claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, provided you satisfy the means test.
The means test will calculate your assessable weekly earnings and deduct €20 per day. 
It works out like this: Assessable weekly earnings - €20 per day = total x 60% = weekly means
If your income is greater than the maximum JA payment for which you qualify you will not get JA.  You can also claim Jobseeker’s Allowance if you have been laid off temporarily. 
Even if you are working part time while receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance, you must continue to search for full time work to ensure you still qualify to receive payment. You can find out more about JA and JB at your local Social Welfare Office.

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We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service is for 16 to 25 year olds and is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.

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Published Sep­tem­ber 22nd2016
Tags employment unemployment jobseeker part-time work
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