Following an announcement by Minister Paschal Donohoe recently, the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) is continuing to operate in its current form during October 2021, so that the main eligibility requirement remains a 30% decrease in turnover or customer orders in the full year 2021 compared to the full year 2019. The enhanced rates of support and the reduced rate of Employers’ PRSI continue to apply for the month of October 2021.
The Government has committed to avoiding a cliff-edge to the support schemes, as Dublin Chamber has been continually argued this would cause unnecessary financial shock to impacted businesses.
However, the Government has advised that as the recovery gains momentum, it will be necessary to give consideration to the recalibration and ultimately the phasing out the temporary support schemes. As such and as signalled previously, the Minister is considering the appropriate calibration of various elements and features of the EWSS.
No decisions have yet been taken as to the appropriate operational parameters for EWSS for the remainder of Quarter 4 2021 (November and December) and its possible extension beyond end-2021. The Minister is considering a range of possible options for the future of EWSS and such arrangements will be outlined on Budget Day, 12 October 2021.