Services to Unemployed Jobseekers

There is a lot of support available to jobseekers who are in receipt of payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (or signing for Credits) to help you to get a job or start your own business. We also offer support and services for people with a disability. Learn more by clicking on any of the links below.

Careers Interest is an online tool provided by  that helps highlight what jobs and educational courses would be most suited to you. The Interest Profiler is a really useful free assessment exercise. To complete your personal Interest Profiler, start by signing up to and creating your on-line career file.

Recruitment and Employment Schemes

Employment Services and Supports

Intreo is the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's integrated income and employment support service. Intreo case officers can provide jobseekers with expert assistance and advice on employment, training and personal development opportunities.For more information on Intreo click here.

European Recruitment Service (EURES)

If you want to work in Europe, you can access opportunities in other EU and EEA countries through the EURES portal. EURES has a network of more than 1,000 advisers who are in daily contact with employers across Europe. Contact your EURES Adviser at the Employment Service Office or Intreo Centre for more information.

Community Employment

Community employment (CE) is a part time employment programme to help long term unemployed to re-enter the workforce. It helps you to develop your personal and work skills.

Income/Enterprise Supports

Working Family Payment

Working Family Payment is a weekly tax-free payment for employees with children who are at work on low pay.

Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD)

The Back to Work Family Dividend scheme aims to help families to move from social welfare into employment. It gives financial support to people with who were getting jobseeker and on-parent family payments, who take up work, increase their hours of employment or become self-employed.

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance can help you become self-employed by allowing you to hold on to some of your social welfare payment.

EmployAbility Service

The nationwide EmployAbility Service provides an employment support service to people with a health condition, injury, illness or disability.