We are entering uncharted territory with many professional contractors concerned about the impact the coronavirus will have on their ability to go to work and earn a living.

For many professional contractors, work shall continue as normal, albeit possibly remotely from their home as opposed to the office. For the unlucky contractors however whose income will be affected by the virus, immediate financial support is available from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

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Financial Support
A summary of the financial supports available for professional contractors include: 

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Scenario

Contract terminated due to downturn in economic activity caused by COVID-19 pandemic

Support

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

How much

€350 per week for 12 weeks

Application Process

Complete 1 page application form 

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Scenario 

Contractor requested to stay at home and cannot work remotely due to COVID-19 pandemic

Support

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

How much

€350 per week for 12 weeks

Application Process

Complete 1 page application form 

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Scenario

Contractor who is not diagnosed with COVID-19 but self-isolate

Support

Enhanced Illness Benefit

How much

€350 per week for 2 weeks

Application Process

Request your doctor to send a medical certificate to Social Welfare. You must then complete Illness Benefit Form (Form IB 1). See guidance here.

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Scenario 

Contractor put onto short-time working due to a reduction in business activity related to Covid-19

Support

Short Time Work Support

How much

€203 prorated based on the number of days worked in week

Application Process

Through MyWelfare.ie or Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office

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Fenero Support

We are on hand to help and support you as always. If you require any supporting documentation for your application or are not sure how to complete the form, please get in touch with our team.

If you have any queries on the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Take care and stay safe from all the team at Fenero.

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