Unemployment Benefit

Overview

Unemployment Benefit may be awarded to a person who has paid Class 1 or Class 2 Social Security Contributions and is registering with Jobsplus under Part I of the Unemployment Register.

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What you’ll get

Unemployment Benefit is paid on a 6-day week basis and covers payment from Monday to Saturday.

A beneficiary is entitled to a maximum of 156 days of Unemployment Benefit. Moreover, this entitlement is based on the number of Social Security Contributions paid by the claimant prior to the claim.

Please click here for a Schedule of Benefits Rates.

You may make use of the online Calculator to calculate the potential Unemployment Benefit.

Eligibility

General eligibility criteria:

  • A person must be registering for employment under Part 1 of the Unemployment Register kept by Jobsplus
  • Claimant has paid a minimum of 50 Class 1 and/or Class 2 Social Security Contributions since being registered under the Social Security Act ( Cap. 318.) until date of Benefit Claim; and also has 20 paid or credited Class 1 or Class 2 Social Security Contributions during the last 2 consecutive calendar years prior to the request for the Unemployment Benefit
  • To be entitled for the full 156 days of Unemployment Benefit, claimant must satisfy the Social Security Contributions Tests indicated above and also have a minimum of 156 Social Security Contributions paid or credited before the claim is made

How to apply

Once a person starts registering with Jobsplus under Part I of the Unemployment Register, the claim for the payment of Unemployment Benefit is initiated automatically.