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Applying for support for the employment of long-term unemployed people


As an employer, you can give long-term unemployed people the chance of a new career start by working in employment subject to social security contributions.

The aim is to employ your new employee as permanently as possible in your company even after the end of the funding.

The job centre can reimburse you for part of your wage costs in the first two years and also finances coaching.

Wage subsidy for 2 years

The job centre can grant you subsidies for wage costs for 2 years. The wage subsidy is paid monthly and amounts to:

  • in the 1st year of work, 75 percent of the regularly taken into account remuneration and
  • in the 2nd year of work, 50 percent of the regularly taken into account salary.

With a flat-rate social security contribution, the funding also covers the protection of your employee (except: contribution to unemployment insurance).

You will not receive a subsidy for one-off payments such as Christmas bonuses or holiday pay.

Employment-accompanying support (coaching)

In addition, the job center covers the costs of a two-year coaching that supports your formerly long-term unemployed employees, for example, in problems at the new job, in the family or in the event of difficulties with the organization of everyday life. This makes it easier for your new employees to get used to everyday working life after a long period of unemployment.

Your sponsored employees should participate in this coaching. In principle, coaching can take place within or outside working hours, at the workplace or at another location. In the first 6 months of funding, you must release your sponsored employee from work for coaching, in the case of coaching during working hours with continued payment of wages. The coaching needs are determined individually. Your business interests will be taken into account when scheduling the coaching.

The coaching is designed in such a way that it also takes into account the specific requirements that you or your company place on the staff. However, the professional induction is not part of the coaching.

The coach will involve you if necessary and will be available to you as a contact person for questions concerning the funded employee.

Where appropriate, continuing vocational training may also be funded.

Whether you can receive the funding is decided solely by your responsible job centre. This means that you have no legal claim to it.

In order to receive the wage subsidy, you must submit an application before you hire someone and the employment contract is concluded.

  • Contact your contact person at the job centre. There you will be advised on funding and receive the application form or the application online.
  • Fill out the funding application and submit it to the job centre.
  • Your job centre will review your application and inform you whether the employment relationship is eligible and the person you wish to hire is eligible for this promotion.
  • If you receive positive feedback, you can conclude the employment contract and send it immediately to the job centre.
  • If all requirements are met, you will receive a notification of approval from the job centre.
  • The job center provides your employee with the employment-accompanying coaching.

You can find the job centre responsible for you via the service finder.

  • The person for whom you want to receive the funding must:
    • receive unemployment benefit II at the time of your application
    • have been unemployed for at least 2 years, and
    • have not yet taken up employment despite the placement efforts of the job centre.
  • Employment must be subject to social security contributions.
  • You must employ the employee for at least 2 years.
  • Funding is excluded if:
    • you terminate an existing employment relationship in order to receive a wage subsidy or
    • You would like to hire someone who has been employed by you for more than 3 months in the last 4 years.
  • Completed application
  • Employment contract

Apply for the wage subsidy before concluding the employment contract with your new employee.

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  • Contradiction

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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