Please find below the up to date position from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on the supports available for Employers, Employees and Self Employed persons at this time.

Our team is here to help you with accessing any of these supports at, or for any other queries that you may have.

COVID-19 Information for Employers

List of essential service providers under new public health guidelines

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:

Where an employee previously laid off has been re-hired, the employee will qualify for the Subsidy scheme if their DEASP claim is ceased.

Employees can close their claim online at under the Covid-19 payment section.

How business can help with supplies and services to respond to COVID-19

From: Office of Government Procurement

Since COVID-19 arrived in Ireland, businesses have been contacting government bodies to offer to supply or donate goods and services. The Office of Government Procurement are creating a central database of these offers on behalf of the whole of the public service, including the HSE.

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:

Absences or Lay-offs due to Covid-19: 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:

·     workers who are not diagnosed with COVID-19 but who self-isolate

·     workers whose employers do not supplement/top-up the State Illness Benefit payment (COVID-19)

·     workers who are requested to stay at home by their employer (COVID-19)

·     workers who need to take time off work to care for a person affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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

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.

Additional Staff Required: Recruitment Supports

The Employer Relations Team continues to help employers in recruiting campaigns during the Covid-19 pandemic by, direct matching of customers to their staffing requirements in order to assist their recruitment needs and help employers fill vacancies. Please email us on if you require recruitment supports.

Recruitment Supports during COVID-19

Information and Contact details

For the most up to date information from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection:

For any queries on the supports shown above, please email us

Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow based employers:

All other areas / Nationwide based employers: 

Recruitment Supports during COVID-19

Information on Covid-19

Employers and Employees