Social insurance (PRSI)

  • Overview

    Social insurance
    Social insurance contributions entitle you to a range of benefits administered by the Department of Social Protection.
  • The social welfare benefits you can get are determined by the PRSI Class you are in. An overview of social insurance classes.

  • This page explains how part-time work can affect your PRSI contributions.

  • Paying PRSI can entitle you to certain social welfare benefits. The law makes your employer responsible for PRSI. This document explains your employer's duty to pay PRSI.

  • If you care full-time for children, or for an ill or disabled person, the Homemaker’s Scheme makes it easier for you to qualify for a State Pension (Contributory).

  • The HomeCaring Periods Scheme can help you get a higher rate of State Pension (Contributory) if you spent time out of work to care full-time for a child aged under 12, or a person aged 12 or over (including an adult) who needed an increased level of care.

  • To qualify for most social insurance payments, you must first have a certain number of PRSI contributions paid since you started work. Find out which years count as benefit and contribution years for social welfare purposes.

  • A credited social insurance contribution is a contribution given to you and recorded on your social insurance record. This page explains the rules on credited contributions for students, carers, homemakers, voluntary development workers and people who retire early.

  • Voluntary social insurance contributions can help you qualify for a social insurance payment in the future. Find out more about making voluntary contributions.

  • Information on Class S PRSI contributions paid by self-employed people.

  • The Long-Term Carers Contribution Scheme makes it easier for people who take time out of their working life to provide care to qualify for a State Pension (Contributory).