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.

Need more information?

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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