Supporting Job Seekers

Whether you can keep some or all of your social welfare payment depends on:

What kind of social welfare payment you are receiving

The number of hours you are working

The amount of money you are earning from your job

For further information, contact your local Citizen’s Information Centre or your local Comhairle office or see for your local Citizens Information Centre.

The Department of Social Protection provides employment related supports to facilitate people with disabilities in gaining or maintaining employment in the private sector.

List of Available Grants:

Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)


WSS offers financial support to employers who employ someone with a disability who works more than 20 hours per week. This scheme is structured under 3 separate strands and a Wage Subsidy payment is given based on the number of disabled people the company employs and the disabled employees productivity level. A person on the scheme is subject to the same conditions of employment as other employees and the employer receives financial compensation for the lower than average productivity level of the person.

Job Interview Interpreter Grant (JIIG)


Job seekers with hearing or speech impairment may apply for funding to have an interpreter attend job interviews with them.

Employee Retention Grant Scheme (ERGS)


This scheme enables employers to retain the services of an employee who acquires a disability that impacts on their ability to continue to do their job.
Through the ERGS, an employee may be offered re-training so that they can undertake alternate duties, or modified techniques may be devised to enable them to continue doing the same job.

Workplace Equipment / Adaptation Grant (WEAG)


If a job offer is dependant on a more accessible workplace or adapted equipment, an employer or employer may be able to get a grant from FAS (currently up to €6,350) towards the cost of adapting premises or equipment.

Disability Awareness Training Support Scheme (DATSS)


A grant is available to all organisations in the private sector towards providing Disability Awareness training to staff.

Personal Reader Grant


This is be available to visually impaired people who may need assistance with job-related reading. A grant allows the employment of a personal reader.

Back To Work Enterprise Allowance


The Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme encourages unemployed people to take up self employment. People participating in this Back To Work Enterprise Scheme retain a percentage of their social welfare payment along with “secondary benefits” for a period of up to three years. The scheme lasts for 3 years a percentage of some social welfare payments being retained during this time. More information here.

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