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Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) – Ireland

Most employers and employees (over 16 years of age) pay social insurance contributions into the national Social Insurance Fund (SIF). In general, the payment of social insurance is compulsory.

Source: Citizens Information

Most employers and employees (over 16 years of age) pay social insurance contributions into the national Social Insurance Fund (SIF). In general, the payment of social insurance is compulsory.

If you are in employment, the amount of social insurance you pay depends on your earnings and the type of work you do. It is usually deducted from an employee’s salary by the employer and then forwarded to the Department of Finance.

Your social insurance contributions in Ireland are referred to as PRSI (Pay Related Social Insurance). Sometimes, you will hear people describe their PRSI contributions as “stamps”. This term dated from before 1979 when employers would literally stamp a card each week of employment. That card was then brought to a local social welfare office in order to claim social welfare payments.

All records of your insurance contributions are kept and managed by the PRSI Records section in the Department of Social Protection. The Department is responsible for the payments made as a result of your social insurance contributions.

In order to check your social insurance record, you will need your Personal Public Service Number (PPSN). This number is a unique identification number which you need when dealing with state agencies

There is a wide range of benefits that are available to people who have paid social insurance.  A full list of relevant benefits is available on Citizens Information – Social Insurance

Cross-border issues

If you are a cross border worker or work on both sides of the border and wish to claim social welfare benefits, the authorities will take into consideration all social insurance contributions you have paid.  For example National Insurance contributions paid in Northern Ireland will be considered alongside any PRSI contributions paid in the South.

For further information please visit Citizens Information – Combining social insurance contributions from abroad

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Updated:  October 2017

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