Posted on 31st March 2020 by Accountant

For Business

1. Keeping Staff on Payroll (Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy) Scheme

If you are an employer who can show that you have lost at least 25 percent of your trade, you will be able to claim 70 percent of your employees net wage back (up to a maximum of €410) through the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme.

Revenue’s Guide to the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

2. Reduced Working Hours for your staff (Short Time Work Support Scheme)

If you need to place your employees on a shorter working week or have had to cut their hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your employees can apply for Short Time Work Support.

3. Cross Border (Frontier) Workers

4. Absences or Lay-offs (Additional Supports for your Staff)

A number of income supports are available from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for your employees during a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related absence or temporary lay-off from work:

6. Additional Staff Required (Recruitment Supports)

The Employer Relations Team help employers fill vacancies. Please email on if you require recruitment supports.

For Employees

1. COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

You can apply for the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment if you:

  • are aged between 18 and 66 years old and
  • live in the Republic of Ireland and
  • have lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic or
  • if you are self-employed and have ceased trading due to the pandemic.

How to apply Covid-19 supports

Online Application: The quickest and easiest way to apply for the emergency Covid-19 payment is by applying online at

Postal Application: Detailed instructions on how to fill in the form are available here.

Irish Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection contact details:

For the most up to date information:

For any queries on the supports email:

Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow based employers:

All other areas / Nationwide based employers:

Information on Covid-19

COVID-19 Information for Employers and Employees

Government supports for COVID-19 impacted businesses



COVID-19 Information for Employerss