Normally, you may only get a contribution for any contribution week in which you are rostered to work and are due earnings.
However, you may also get a contribution if you agree with your employer to take paid leave, such as maternity, sickness, adoptive, force majeure, marriage or bereavement.
If you take unpaid maternity or adoptive leave immediately after your paid leave, you will get a PRSI credit for each week taken, up to a maximum of 16 weeks. If you take unpaid parental leave immediately after your paid leave, you will get a PRSI credit for each week taken, up to a maximum of 14 weeks.
Parents who take parental leave may get a PRSI credit for each week taken. This will keep their social insurance record up to date. Your employer should write to the Records Update Section (address below) to confirm the duration and exact dates of your parental leave.
For further information on PRSI credits for parental leave, please contact:
Client Eligibility Services
Social Welfare Services
Department of Social and Family Affairs
Inner Relief Road
LoCall: 1890 690 690 (from the Republic of Ireland only)
Telephone: +353 1 4715898 (from Northern Ireland or overseas)
You may also be entitled to 'homemakers' credits. See SW 1 for more details.
If you are paid for a contribution week where no earnings are due, you will not be entitled to a PRSI contribution for that week.