Jobseeker's Transitional Payment - Operational Guidelines


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Jobseekers Transitional Payment (JST)

The Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment is a provision under the Jobseeker’s Allowance scheme that is available to lone parents (both former OFP recipients and new lone parents), who are not co-habiting and have a youngest child aged 7 to 13 years inclusive. The payment is known as JST.

JST recipients are exempt from the JA conditions that require them to be available for, and genuinely seeking, full-time work. They are also exempt from the 4 in 7 rule and can work any work pattern and still receive a payment subject to a means test.  They can also move into education and/or employment, including into part-time employment, and still receive payment, subject to a means test.

All JST recipients must engage with the Department’s Intreo service. 

JST customers who are married and have recently separated, must be separated for 3 months before they can qualify for Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment. Unmarried persons may apply for JST from the first day they become a lone parent.   

The holiday entitlement for JST customers is 3 weeks in any calendar year.

Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment (JST) can be summarised as follows:

  1.  JST was introduced with effect from 4th July 2013.
  2. It is a statutory provision, introduced by amendment to Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) provisions in the Social Welfare Acts.
  3. At the time of application, the customer is excluded from OFP due to the age of the youngest child and for no other reason e.g.co-habiting
  4. The youngest child dependant is at least 7 years of age and under 14 years of age  
  5. JST customers must be resident in the State and satisfy the Habitual Residence Condition (HRC).
  6. JST customers must satisfy the condition of making efforts to seek maintenance from the liable relative, in the same manner as OFP customers.
  7. JST customers must be capable of work. Although recipients are JA customers the obligation to be unemployed, available for full-time work and genuinely seeking work does not apply to JST customers.
  8. 4-in-7 Rule does not apply to JST meaning that a JST customer can work any work pattern and receive payment subject to means.
  9. Waiting Days do not apply to JST and all claims are regarded as long-term from the date of claim.
  10. The maximum weekly rate of JST is the same as the maximum weekly rate of JA.
  11. Payment of JST is based on a weekly means assessment.
  12. From 5th January 2017, the first €110 (was €90) per week of gross earnings from insurable employment is disregarded in the means assessment for JST customers and half the balance is assessed as means.
  13. For self-employed persons the net profit is assessed.  The net profit is the gross income less expenses. While their income from the previous twelve months is used as an indication in estimating their likely future earnings, it is not simply assumed that the previous year's earnings will be received in the coming year.  Instead, account is taken of the potential for significant upward or downward variations in income from one year to the next.
  14. JST customers may participate in a course of education.  Customers engaging in a course of education should contact their local Intreo Centre or Branch Office as they will advise if Back to Education Allowance is a better option for them.
  15. JST payment is made weekly in advance in respect of payment week from Thursday to Wednesday (identical to OFP payment week).
  16. JST customers are obliged to sign a declaration Quarterly to confirm continuing entitlement to JST.
  17. JST customers are obliged to participate in Intreo Centre/Branch Office activation measures, including case management, and are also obliged to participate in any recommended course of education, training or employment programme.
  18. Where a JST customer fails to participate as above, Penalty Rates may be applied.
  19. Customers must declare any change of circumstances, including a change in living arrangements and/or means, which may affect entitlement to JA and/or JST exemptions.
  20. When the JST customer’s youngest child reaches 14 years of age, the JST exemptions outlined above no longer apply, and full JA conditionality applies. 

 Half-rate Adoptive Benefit, half-rate Carer’s Benefit, half-rate Health & Safety Benefit and half-rate Maternity Benefit are not payable with JST.

Link to Jobseeker’s Allowance Guideline: Jobseeker's Allowance
Link to the One Parent Family Payment Guideline: One Parent Family Payment

Last modified:09/01/2017