You may qualify for change of status credits if you are insurably employed at PRSI Class A and your last paid PRSI contribution was at Class B, C or D. These change of status credits are only taken into account for the State Pension (Contributory), State Pension (Transition) and Bereavement Grant.
You can get change of status credits back to the beginning of the tax year in which you start making PRSI contributions at the Class A rate and for the previous tax year.
You start making PRSI contributions at Class A on 27/02/2009. Change of status credits are due to 26/02/2009 as follows:
This is for the tax year in which you start work
01/01/2009 - 26/02/2009 = 8 weeks
Previous tax year
01/01/2008 - 31/12/2008 = 52 weeks
A mixture of PRSI contributions at Class A and PRSI contributions at Class B, C or D may help you to qualify for a mixed insurance pro-rata State Pension (Contributory) or State Pension (Transition) in the future. For more information, log on to 'www.welfare.ie'.