Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme for the Self-Employed

Introduction

The Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme for the Self-Employed (PTSE) is a new scheme for self-employed people. It provides income support to self-employed people who will lose their Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) if they earn over €960 over 8 weeks.

A self-employed person can earn up to €960 over 8 weeks and keep their PUP.

PTSE is paid instead of your PUP or jobseeker’s payment. It is paid at a lower rate, but there is no limit on the amount you can earn.

You cannot work more than 24 hours per week with the PTSE.

Who can get the Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme for the Self-Employed (PTSE)?

The PTSE is for self-employed people who work less than 24 hours per week. You can apply for it if:

To get the PTSE, you must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 66
  • Be self-employed
  • Be getting a PUP or a jobseekers’ payment the week before you apply for PTSE
  • Be genuinely seeking to increase your level work
  • Be tax and PRSI compliant
  • Be resident in Ireland

You can work up to a maximum of 24 hours per week. If you work over this limit, you will not be entitled to the PTSE.

If you transfer to the PTSE, there is no limit on the amount you can earn. If your income falls below €960 in an 8 week period, you can close your claim for PTSE and re-apply for PUP. If your income increases at a later stage you can re-apply for PTSE - if you still meet the conditions for the Scheme.

You can also get information about other social welfare supports available to self-employed people.

Duration of the PTSE

The PTSE will run for as long as the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment scheme is in operation.

Appeals

The PTSE is a non-statutory scheme, there is no right of appeal to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. If you are not happy with a decision on your application, you can request the Department of Social Protection to review their decision.

Rate of PTSE

PTSE is paid instead of your PUP or jobseeker’s payment.

It is paid at a flat rate each week. A higher flat rate is paid, if you are getting an increase for an adult dependant with your jobseeker’s payment.

There is no increase for a child dependant with the PTSE.

Current payment PTSE weekly rate
PUP or a jobseeker’s payment for a single person €128.60
Jobseeker’s payment with an increase for an adult dependant €209.70

The PTSE rate is not affected by your income from self-employment.

How to apply for the PTSE

You can download a copy of the PTSE1 application form or e-mail the DSP at forms@welfare.ie for a copy of the form.

Completed forms should be e-mailed or posted to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.

Page edited: 10 December 2020