An integration allowance can be paid if the employee you want to hire is not yet able to perform the full work at the beginning of the employment. For example, because the person does not yet have the necessary professional experience and knowledge needed for the job and therefore the familiarisation period takes longer than usual. However, familiarisation that is normal for the company cannot be subsidised.
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 persons (e.g. older or disabled persons) a longer or higher subsidy 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 insurance contribution is taken into account in a lump sum.
The integration allowance is only paid if it is necessary for the person's occupational integration. You do not have a legal claim to a subsidy.
Funding is excluded if you terminate an existing employment relationship in order to receive an integration grant. A subsidy is also not possible if you want to employ someone who has been employed by you for more than 3 months in the last 4 years subject to compulsory insurance.