Specific risks benefit

Who is entitled? Who is entitled?

  • Beneficiaries of the social security system covered by the scheme of employees, self-employed workers and beneficiaries of the voluntary social insurance (Scientific Research Fellows)
  • Pre-retirement recipients, in a situation of reduced work performance
  • Beneficiaries receiving relative invalidity pension or survivor's pension who are working and with registration of pay-slips in the Social Security.

If the pregnant women or women who have recently given birth and are breastfeeding  when they work night-shifts or where they are exposed to agents, processes or conditions of  work that affect  their safety and health .

Eligibility conditions Eligibility conditions

  • 6 continuous or non-continuous calendar months with registration of pay-slips at the date of the contingency, taking into consideration, if necessary, the month in which the contingency occurs, if in that month there was registration of pay-slips (qualifying period).

All periods of compulsory affiliation to any social protection scheme providing for maternity cash benefits, including the civil servants scheme, with registration of pay-slips, shall be considered, insofar as they do not overlap.

  • You must have taken all the non-remunerated leaves, absences or equivalent periods under the Labour Code dispositions.

The termination or suspension of the labour contract does not affect the right to the benefits.


If you work but do not meet the conditions required above, please go to Social allowances under the contingencies of maternity and paternity.

Duration Duration

Shall be granted for the period considered necessary to prevent the risk, insofar as the employer is unable to give another task to the woman in risk.

Amount Amount

Daily amount: 100% of the reference earnings.

The reference earnings are calculated using the formula:

RE = R/180, whereby

R means the total earnings registered in the 6 calendar months preceding the second month prior to the fact that determined the protection (excluding Holidays, Christmas and other similar bonuses).

If the qualifying period is not accomplished due to aggregation of contributory periods, the reference earnings is calculated in another way. 

How to claim How to claim

You can apply for the benefit through:

  • The Segurança Social Direta, at www.seg-social.pt
  • The form Mod.RP5051-DGSS, accompanied by the documents indicated therein, to be submitted:
    • At the Social Security office
    • In the citizen's shops.

 If the subsidy is applied for online, at the Segurança Social Direta, the means of proof can be sent by the same route as long as they are correctly scanned.


Time limit for the claim

The claim must be presented within a period of 6 months of the first day of no longer working.

After this deadline and if the concession period is still running, it is reduced by the time corresponding to this delay.


You may be entitled to the Benefits compensating for holidays and Christmas bonuses, so in your own interest please read this document.