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Changes to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme

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This article covers the changes to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) in Sage Payroll.


Revenue has recently announced changes to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS), including an extension to 30 April 2022.

TIP: This is separate to the TWSS reconciliation deadline, which was 30 June 2021.

Before we look at the changes, if you need some more information about EWSS and how to process it in Sage Payroll, you can follow our guide >

What's changing?

EWSS Eligibility Review Form (ERF)

When you claim EWSS you need to complete an ERF on ROS each month.

Revenue will be following up with any employers that haven’t submitted their ERF and this may affect payment of EWSS to you.

If you're still registered for EWSS but are no longer claiming it via the Payroll Submission to Revenue, you should de-register immediately. Revenue will be following up with any employers that fail to de-register and do not complete the ERF each month.

For more information about the ERF and to view screenshots of the process, you can refer to pages 19 and 20 of Revenue's guide >

EWSS extension

The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) has been extended to 30 April 2022.

For more guidance and information surrounding EWSS, visit Revenue's website.

Good news you don't need to do anything in your Sage Payroll software!

Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Where a business temporarily closes in response to the new Covid 19 Level 5 restrictions and employees claim the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) from the Department of Employment and Social Protection, there is no requirement to cease the employee from the payroll. No timesheets should be saved for these employees, or you can suspend the employee from the payroll.  Find out how >

Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme

To better support businesses dealing with Covid 19 Level 5 restrictions, Revenue has also announced that the rate of subsidy provided under the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) has been revised.

Find out more about EWSS >

EWSS rates

Don't worry, the EWSS rates remain the same as shown in the table below.  You don't need to do anything different in your software!

Current rates:
Gross weekly pay Revised Rates
Less than €151.50 Nil
€151.50 – €202.99 €151.50
€203 - €299.99 €203
€300 - €399.99 €203
€400 - €1,462 €203
Over €1,462 Nil

Previous rates

Under EWSS there were three weekly payment rates/bands:

  • 0 - €151 = €0
  • €151 to €203 = €151
  • €203 - €1,462 = 203


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