Brexit Working and Unemployment Benefits FAQs


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I most recently worked in Ireland and previously worked in the UK. I lost my job and I am now receiving jobseeker’s benefit in Ireland based on my Irish and UK contributions. Will my payment be affected by Brexit?
 
You will continue to receive your jobseeker’s benefit as before.

I previously worked in the UK before recently taking up employment in Ireland. I have now lost my job in Ireland. Will my contributions from the UK be recognised if I claim jobseeker’s benefit in Ireland?
Yes, as you have recently worked in Ireland and previously in the UK, if you need to rely on your UK contributions in order to qualify for jobseekers benefit in Ireland, then they continue to be recognised

What will happen if I am working in both Ireland and the UK, and live in Ireland?
If you are working in both Ireland and the UK, and live in Ireland you will pay social security contributions in Ireland, so long as you pursue a substantial part of your activity here, as before.  
 
I am receiving jobseeker’s benefit in Ireland but I want to go to the UK to look for work. Can I receive my jobseeker’s benefit from Ireland if I go to the UK?
Yes, you can. jobseeker’s benefit will be paid for either a 13 week period or until your entitlement to jobseeker’s benefit is exhausted, whichever is shorter. You should contact your local Intreo Centre to arrange to receive your jobseeker’s benefit while you are looking for work in the UK, as there are some specific conditions you must meet.
 
I am an Irish or a British citizen. What will happen if I live in Ireland and work in the UK and become unemployed?
If you become fully unemployed, Ireland will be responsible for paying you jobseeker’s benefit. If your working days are reduced and you become partially or intermittently unemployed, the UK will be responsible for paying any entitlements.
 
I worked in the UK while living in Ireland, returning home a number of times each week. I recently lost my job and now live full-time in Ireland, where should I claim my jobseeker’s benefit (or equivalent UK payment)?
As you worked in the UK, lived in Ireland and returned home at least once a week, you should apply for your jobseeker’s benefit in Ireland.  
 
Last modified:15/03/2019