For Employers, Employees and Self-Employed

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Important updates have been announced by the Government for supports aimed at employers, employees and self-employed people.

National Covid-19 Income Support Scheme

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy (Employers)

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy is a scheme which allow employers to pay their employees during the current pandemic. Employers will be refunded up to 70 percent of an employee's wages - up to a level of €410.

The employer is expected to make their best efforts to maintain as close to 100% of normal income as possible for the subsidised period.

NB: This payment replaces the Department's Employer Refund Scheme announced on 15th March, and any business that received refunds under the current scheme do not need to re-apply. The Revenue Commissioners will contact them directly to confirm that they meet the conditions for this new scheme. To find out more, please click here  

COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit (Employees and Self-Employed)

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 €350 per week. You can apply for this whether you are an employee or if you are self-employed.

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (Employees and Self-Employed)

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a payment of €350 per week. It is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost their job due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be in place for the duration of the crisis.

Click here for an application form