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The Government has announced that the rate of subsidy provided under the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) has been revised to better support businesses dealing with Covid 19 Level 5 restrictions. This is a welcome revision to employers already struggling during this global and economic pandemic.


Broadly, the EWSS rates will be aligned with the rates of payment under PUP, up to €350 per week, effective from the next payroll date after 19 October, as set out below.


Where the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme is concerned the qualifying turnover criteria for application to the scheme is now 25 per cent of the turnover for the corresponding period in 2019. This will allow more business to access this support.

The objective of this move is to minimise the risk of migration from EWSS to PUP during enhanced level restrictions. To the maximum extent possible, the aim is to have as many as possible of the 350,000 employees currently on EWSS retain their link with their employer rather than become unemployed.

Revised rates that will run to end January 2021:

Gross weekly payRevised Rates
Less than €151.50Nil
€151.50 – €202.99€203
€203 – €299.99€250
€300 – €399.99€300
€400 – €1,462€350
Over €1,462Nil

Revenue payroll