Pay Related Social Insurance
This section explains Social Insurance and who it covers.
• the Pay-Related Social Insurance (PRSI) contributions payable by employees, employers and self-employed people
• Credited Contributions ('credits')
• Voluntary Contributions
Self-Employed Contributions Operational Guidelines
Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme
This scheme is for employers who create new jobs by exempting them from liability to pay their share of PRSI contributions.
Maternity Benefit is a payment for employed and self-employed pregnant women who satisfy certain
PRSI contribution conditions on their own insurance record.
Adoptive Benefit is a payment for an adopting parent who adopts a child. You may get it if you are an employee or a self-employed person and if you satisfy certain
PRSI conditions on your own record
Social Insurance & EC Regulations
Bilateral Social Insurance Agreements with Other EU Countries
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (Self Employed)
If you are getting certain social welfare payments and you would like to become self-employed, the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance lets you keep a portion of your social welfare payment for 2 years
Short-term Enterprise Allowance
If you are getting Jobseekers Benefit and you would like to start a business you may qualify for the Short Term Enterprise Scheme. It allows you to avail of a self employment opportunity and retain your Jobseekers Benefit. It will end when your entitlement to Jobseeker's Benefit ends (that is, at either 9 months or 12 months).