Unemployment Assistance may be awarded to a head of household who is registering under Part 1 of the Unemployment Register.

What you'll get

Unemployment Assistance is paid on a weekly basis.

Unemployment Assistance is awarded to a Head of Household and other eligible members forming part of the household.

Unemployment Assistance is awarded in full if the applicant is single and is living on his/her own. However, if the applicant is living with someone else who is a relative (excluding parent/s), s/he becomes entitled to 75% of the Unemployment Assistance rate.

Please click here for a Schedule of Benefit Rates.


General eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant is the Head of Household
  • The applicant must be registering for work under Part 1 of the Unemployment Register
  • The applicant must satisfy the Capital Means Test. Capital resources for a couple must not exceed €23,300 and €14,000 for a single person
  • Any income deriving from Rents, Bank Interest from Capital, Stocks and Shares, Alimony / Child Maintenance and any other Income derived, must not exceed the maximum Unemployment Assistance rate as per household
  • From January 2022 the applicant receiving Unemploymment Assistance will start taking the full cost of living increase.

How to apply

Fill in the online form to get calculations.