An integration allowance can be paid if the employee you wish to hire is not yet able to perform the full workload at the start of employment. For example, because the person does not yet have the necessary professional experience and knowledge needed for the job and therefore the familiarization period takes longer than usual. However, familiarization that is customary for the company cannot be subsidized.
The amount of funding and the duration of the funding depend on the individual case. The standard subsidy is limited to a maximum of 12 months and 50 percent of the salary. For certain groups of people (for example, older or disabled people), longer or higher funding is possible.
The integration subsidy is paid monthly in arrears as a contribution to wage costs. As a rule, this is based on the salary that you actually pay. Your share of the total social security contribution is taken into account in a lump sum.
The integration allowance is only paid if it is necessary for the professional integration of the person. You do not have a legal claim to a subsidy.
The subsidy is excluded if you terminate an existing employment relationship in order to receive an integration subsidy. A subsidy is also not possible if you want to hire someone who has been employed by you for more than 3 months in the last 4 years subject to compulsory insurance.