Employer Supports During COVID-19

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Last reviewed: July 3

The following is an overview of the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme. This information is not exhaustive and further information for employers is available at Citizens Information.


What is the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme?

The Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy is a scheme that allows employers to continue to pay their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to keep employees registered with their employers so that they will be able to get back to work quickly after the pandemic.

The Government is encouraging employers to top-up their employees’ wages to maintain them at their current level of earnings.

As an employer, how do I qualify?

To qualify, you must:

  • Declare that you have experienced significant negative economic disruption due to COVID-19, with a minimum 25% decline in turnover in Q2, 2020.
  • Be unable to pay normal wages and outgoings fully
  • Keep your employees on the payroll.
  • You are encouraged to top-up your employees' wages to maintain them at their current level of earnings.

If you are self-employed you can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

As an employer, how do I apply?

Applications can be made at www.revenue.ie

Further information is available at Citizens Information.

Contact the Support Line

The Irish Cancer Society continues to be available to provide support and information on this matter or any other queries related to cancer through its Freephone Support Line on 1800 200 700, or through any of its 13 hospital-based Daffodil Centres around the country. 

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1800 200 700

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