Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (622)

Michael McGrath


622. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of hours per week a pay as you earn, PAYE, employee must work in order to receive a full class A pay-related social insurance, PRSI, stamp; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5423/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

People within PRSI Class A are those in industrial, commercial and service-type employment who are employed under a contract of service with reckonable pay of €38 or more per week from all employments, and Civil and Public Servants recruited from 6 April 1995.

Currently, there is no set number of hours per week that must be worked.

Until 1991 the threshold for access to social insurance was based on hours worked – 18 hours.

From April 1991 onwards, the person was insurable at the Class A rate of PRSI if their income equalled or exceeded £25 per week. This threshold was increased to £30 per week from April 1994 and upon conversion to Euro the £30 threshold became €38.

Therefore, based on the current minimum hourly rate of €9.80, an employee working under 4 hours per week gains access to the full range of social insurance benefits.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.