How to Check UIF Payout

By Trev Gami •  Updated: 05/24/24 •  6 min read
UIF

If you are registered for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), it is essential to know how to check your payout. The UIF is meant to provide short-term financial relief to registered members who become unemployed or incapacitated. After registration, there are different methods you can take to check your UIF account. Read on to learn how to check UIF payout. 

How do I check my UIF payout?

You can check your UIF payout status via phone by calling 012 337 1680. Alternatively, you can also dial the UIF status code *134*843# and follow the prompts that appear on your mobile phone. 

Checking your UIF status online is another straightforward and convenient method you can use. To check your UIF balance online, follow the steps below. 

The details you will get show your payment status, processing date, and amount paid. If the status is processed, it means your payout is ready, and the report is shown in green. A declined payment is shown in red. UIF applications can be declined for different reasons. 

You can also use offline methods to check your UIF payout, like visiting your nearest Labour office. Talk to the clerk and provide the following:

The labour office will give you the status details regarding your UIF benefits. If the application is approved, you will get information about when you will receive your payment. If your UIF status is yet to be processed, the labour office will also tell you how long it can take. 

How Long Does It Take for UIF to Pay Out?

You can apply for UIF benefits online or visit your nearest labour office. When you visit your nearest labour office, you must sign the unemployment register to show that you are not employed. You need to sign the register again after four weeks.

If the UIF finds an appropriate job for you during this period, your application may not be processed. It usually takes between six and eight weeks for your application to be approved and get your first UIF payout.

Once your first payment is processed, it will only take a few hours before the following payments are processed. Make sure you submit your application for UIF benefits within six months of losing your employment. If you voluntarily resign or you are fired as a result of misconduct, your application for UIF benefits is likely to be declined. 

How Do You Check if UIF Has Paid Me

If you are a registered UIF member, you can apply for UIF benefits for maternity, loss of employment, illness, or adoption. However, this can take some time before the payment is processed and deposited into your account. You can check if the UIF has paid you by visiting the labour office and making general inquiries.  

You can also check your payment status using your mobile phone by dialling 012 337 1680 or dialling the UIF status code *134*843* and following the prompts that appear on the screen. 

Checking your UIF status online is another easy method you can consider, which includes the following steps. 

If your application is rejected, you can make a follow-up with the department of labour to find out the reasons. 

How Much Is UIF Monthly?

Your monthly salary determines your UIF monthly payments. The maximum remuneration for UIF contributions is R17,712 which means your monthly payments will be R177.12 if you earn more than this amount. If you earn less than R17,712, you will get approximately 36-56% of your average monthly salary for the past four years. Employees with higher salaries get lower percentages. 

The duration you will receive UIF payment depends on the time you have contributed to the fund. The maximum number of days you can receive UIF claims is 238. You can calculate your UIF monthly payout by using the formula outlined below. 

The first step is to calculate your daily remuneration, and you can do this by multiplying your monthly salary by twelve and then dividing it by 365 days in a year. 

For instance, if your earn R5000

R5000 x 12 / 365 = R164.38

The highest percentage you can get is 58% depending on your monthly salary. 

Therefore, 58 percent of your daily remuneration of R164.38 per day is R95.34. (58/100 x R164.38 = R95.34). In this case, your monthly UIF will be R2860.20. Employees who contribute for more than four years are entitled to get benefits worth 365 days.

If you contribute to the fund for less than four years, your benefits are calculated according to the credits you have accumulated. For instance, you get one credit for every five days you work. 

If you have made contributions for 200 days, you divide this by five. Using a salary of R5000 and a daily rate of R164.38 means the amount you will get from UIF is based on 40 credits earned for the period. Therefore, 58 percent of your daily remuneration of R164.38 per day is R95.34. (58/100 x R164.38 = R95.34).

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) helps provide short-term financial assistance to registered members who become unemployed, on maternity leave, illness, adoption, or incapacitation. The beneficiaries also get benefits if the breadwinner registered to the fund dies. 

It usually takes up to six weeks for your application for UIF benefits to be approved. Once you get approval, the money is deposited in your account within three days. The next payments take a few hours to be processed. You can calculate your monthly UIF by following the formula explained in this post. 

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