As an employer, you can give long-term unemployed people the chance to start a new career by offering them employment that is subject to social insurance contributions.
The aim is for you to employ your new employee in your company as permanently as possible, even after the end of the subsidy.
To this end, the job center can reimburse part of your wage costs for the first two years and also finance coaching.
Wage subsidy for 2 years
The job center can grant you subsidies for wage costs for 2 years. The wage cost subsidy is paid monthly and amounts to
- 75 percent of the regular salary in the 1st year of employment and
- in the 2nd year of work, 50 percent of the regular wage.
The subsidy also covers your employee's social insurance with a flat-rate social insurance contribution (except: contribution to unemployment insurance).
You do not receive a subsidy for one-time payments such as Christmas bonuses or vacation pay.
Employment support (coaching)
In addition, the Job Center will cover the cost of two years of coaching to help your formerly long-term unemployed employees deal with problems at their new jobs, with their families, or with difficulties in organizing their daily lives. This makes it easier for your new employees to get used to everyday work again after a long period of unemployment.
Your supported employees should participate in this coaching. In principle, the coaching can take place within or outside working hours, at the workplace or at another location. In the first 6 months of support, you must release your supported employee from work for the coaching, in the case of coaching during working hours with continued payment of the salary. Coaching needs are determined on an individual basis. Your business concerns 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 personnel. However, the professional training 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 supported employee.
If necessary, further professional training can also be supported.
Whether you are eligible for the subsidy is decided solely by your responsible job center. This means that you have no legal claim to it.