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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 to start a new career through employment subject to social security contributions.

The aim is that you employ your new employee as permanently as possible in your company even after the end of the promotion.

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

Wage subsidy for 2 years

The job centre can provide you with 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 salary to be taken into account on a regular basis, and
  • in the 2nd year of work, 50 percent of the salary to be taken into account on a regular basis.

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

For one-off payments such as Christmas bonus or holiday pay, you will not receive a subsidy.

Support during employment (coaching)

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

Your sponsored employees should participate in this coaching. In principle, the coaching can take place inside or outside working hours, at the workplace or at another location. In the first 6 months of the support, you must release your sponsored employee from work for coaching, in the case of coaching during working hours with continued payment of the salary. 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 the content of the coaching.

The coach will involve you if necessary and will be available to answer any questions you may have about the sponsored employee.

If necessary, further vocational training may also be promoted.

Whether you can receive the funding is decided solely by your responsible job center. That is, you have no legal right to it.

To get the wage subsidy, you must submit an application before hiring someone and the employment contract is concluded.

  • Contact your contact person in 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 whether the person you wish to hire is eligible for this funding.
  • In the event of positive feedback, you can conclude the employment contract and send it immediately to the job centre.
  • If all requirements are met, you will receive an approval notice from the job center.
  • 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,
    • despite the job centre's placement efforts, they have not yet taken up employment.
  • Employment must be subject to social security contributions.
  • You must hire 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 want to hire someone who has been employed by you for more than 3 months in the last 4 years.
  • Fully completed application
  • Employment contract

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

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