Update on EWSS & Unemployment Supports

Here are two things you should know about the wage subsidy and unemployment benefits currently available on account of Covid-19.


First, there has been a clarification on the turnover requirement for the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme. EWSS will be in place until 31 December 2021. The exemption from the 30% reduction in turnover requirement for ELC and SAC providers is in place until 30 September 2021. A decision on the continuation of the exemption after 30 September will be made in the coming weeks.


Second, in line with the government’s Economic Recovery Plan, the Covid-19 PUP will be gradually reduced on a tapered basis over a 6 month period until February 2022 to align it with the standard jobseekers payments. This transition commences in September 2021.


The top three rates of PUP will reduce by €50 this month. The maximum weekly rate of €350 will reduce to €300. The current rate of €300 will reduce to €250 and the current rate of €250 will reduce to €203. The new payment rates will be reflected in payments received later in September.


People on the €203 PUP rate will transition to standard jobseekers’ terms. People who are receiving this rate of payment will be advised in the coming weeks on their options regarding standard Jobseekers’ payments, that is, Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance. Payment of PUP will continue while jobseeker claims are being processed. Two further phases of rate changes are scheduled to take place from 16 November 2021 and 8 February 2022. As PUP recipients go on to the €203 rate in each phase, they will be transitioned to standard jobseeker terms.