The Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme exempted employers from liability to pay their share of PRSI for certain employees. The scheme was open to employers who create new and additional jobs.
The Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme ceased on 30 June 2013 for new participants. A new JobsPlus incentive scheme has replaced the Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption Scheme and Revenue Job Assist from July 2013.
Existing participants on the Revenue Job Assist and Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption Scheme (which both ceased for new participants on 30 June 2013) are not affected by the new JobsPlus scheme.
To qualify for the Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme both the job you create and the person you employ must meet certain criteria. While you are waiting to be approved for the scheme, you should operate the standard employee and employer PRSI.
The person you employ must have been getting one of the following social welfare payments for a period of at least 6 months (156 days):
Time spent on Community Employment, Rural Social Schemes, Tús, Back to Education Allowance and short FÁS training courses can count towards the 6 month qualifying period provided the person was getting one of the qualifying payments listed above immediately before starting the scheme or course and, before starting work, would qualify for one of the qualifying payments.
In addition, jobseekers payments paid in conjunction with periods of casual employment and breaks in jobseekers payments as a result of periods of illness during which Illness Benefit is paid may also count towards the qualifying period.
The job must:
You can only get an exemption from employer’s PRSI for a limited number of
employees. This limit is 5% of your existing workforce or, for smaller
companies, a maximum of 5 new jobs.
If you have a new employee and are eligible for the scheme, you should fill in a PRSI 20 form (pdf).
Send the PRSI 20 form with a current tax clearance certificate to the Department of Social Protection – see ‘Where to apply’ below.
Your application for the Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme should be sent to:
Department of Social Protection
Locall:1890 927 999
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.