Employee payment supports

Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme
The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) replaced the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme from 1 September 2020. The EWSS provides a flat rate subsidy to qualifying employers based upon the number of eligible employer’s payroll. The scheme is operated by the Revenue Commissioners and will be extended beyond 30 June to 31 December 2021.
Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PUP is to be extended beyond 30 June 2021 for existing claimants to 7 September 2021.
The scheme will close to new applicants from 1 July 2021, in recognition that, at that stage, there should be no new job lay-offs that are directly attributable to public health restrictions. From 7th September 2021 it is intended that the support available under the PUP will be reduced on a phased basis in increments of €50 per week. Two further phases of changes will take place on 16th November 2021 and 8th February 2022, if progress continues as expected.
For further information please see the Department of Social Protection press release by clicking here.

Short-time Work Support
Employees of businesses that need to reduce hours or days worked can avail of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Short-time Work Support.