Paying My Staff


The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection have a range of measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

What support is available to help pay my employees?

If you cannot pay your staff while they are laid off for this period, your employees can apply for the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is available to employees and the self-employed who have lost their job on or after 13 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will now be accepted until the end of 2020. The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be in place until April 2021.

Rates of payment:
From 17 September 2020 until 31st January 2021 the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be paid at 3 rates.

  • if you earned €300 per week or more - the rate of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is €300 per week
  • if you earned between €200 and €300 per week - the rate of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be €250 per week
  • if you earned less than €200 per week - you will receive €203 per week, which is the same as the primary rate of Jobseeker's Benefit
  • The quickest and easiest way to apply for this payment is online at mywelfare.ie

    Employees who satisfy the relevant criteria, may claim casual (i.e. part-time) jobseeker’s payments or Short-Time Work Support payments for days of unemployment, even where their employer is claiming the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme for days of employment. The normal scheme rules and application processes for casual jobseeker payments and Short-Time Work Support apply, including completion of the relevant forms by the employer to certify days of employment and unemployment.

    Contact the Income Support Helpline for COVID-19 on 1890 800 024

    For information self employed and employees, please visit https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/eca524-covid-19-information-for-employees/

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