Voluntary contributions cover for long-term benefits,
such as pensions. However, voluntary contributions
do not cover short-term benefits such as Illness,
Jobseekers, Maternity, Paternity, Occupational Injuries
or Treatment Benefit, and they cannot be used to
qualify for an Invalidity Payment.
The benefits of each Voluntary Contribution rate are as follows:
High rate contribution
Low rate contribution
Special rate contribution
If you are taking time off work to care for children (under age 12) or an incapacitated adult or child aged 12 or over, the Homemaker’s Scheme may be a better option for you. Under this scheme, we may disregard years spent caring when we work out your entitlement to a State Pension (Contributory).
For more information on the Homemaker’s Scheme, log on to www.welfare.ie or contact:
Department of Social Protection
Telephone: (01) 4715 898
LoCall: 1890 690 690
LoCall: 1890 690 690 (from the Republic of Ireland only) or + 353 1 4715898 (from Northern Ireland or overseas).