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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 by working in employment subject to social security contributions.

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

The job centre can reimburse you for part of your salary 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 employment, 75 percent of the remuneration to be taken into account on a regular basis, and
  • in the 2nd year of employment, 50 percent of the remuneration 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).

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

Employment-related support (coaching)

In addition, the job center covers the costs of a two-year coaching session that supports your formerly long-term unemployed employees, for example, in the event of problems at the new workplace, 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 again after a long period of unemployment.

Your sponsored employees should take part in this coaching. In principle, coaching can take place inside or outside working hours, at the workplace or elsewhere. In the first 6 months of the 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 concerns are 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, professional training is not part of the coaching.

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

If necessary, further vocational training can also be funded.

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

Process flow

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

  • Get in touch with your contact person at the job centre. There you will be advised on funding and will receive the application form or the application online.
  • Fill out the funding application and submit it to the job center.
  • Your job centre will review your application and inform you whether the employment relationship is eligible for funding and whether the person you wish to hire is eligible for this funding.
  • If the feedback is positive, 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 centre will provide your employee with coaching during their employment.

Who should I contact?

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

Competent authority

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


  • The person for whom you would like to receive the grant 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.
  • The 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.

Which documents are required?

  • Completed application form
  • Employment contract

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

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

Processing duration

No details

Applications / forms

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


  • Contradiction

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Arbeit
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes


Telephone: 05931 44-0
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)