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Applying for support for the employment of the long-term unemployed

As an employer, you can open up the opportunity for long-term unemployed people to start a new career by employing people subject to social security contributions.

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

The Jobcenter can reimburse you part of your wage costs for the first 2 years and also finances coaching.

Wage subsidy for 2 years

The Jobcenter can grant you subsidies for 2 years towards wage costs. 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.

The subsidy also covers the security of your employee with a lump-sum social security contribution (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 Jobcenter covers the costs of a two-year coaching program that supports your previously long-term unemployed employees, for example, in the event of problems at their new job, in the family or in the event of difficulties with the organization of everyday life. This will make it easier for your new employees to get used to everyday working life again after a long period of unemployment.

Your funded employees should take part in this coaching. In principle, coaching can take place during or outside working hours, at the workplace or at another location. In the first 6 months of the funding, you must release your funded employee from work for coaching, in the case of coaching during working hours with continued payment of remuneration. The need for coaching is 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, 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 funded employee.

If necessary, further vocational training can also be funded.

Whether you can receive the funding is decided solely by your responsible job centre. 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 Jobcenter. 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 Jobcenter.
  • Your job centre will review your application and inform you whether the employment relationship is eligible for funding and whether the person you want to hire is eligible for this funding.
  • If the response is positive, you can conclude the employment contract and send it to the Jobcenter immediately.
  • If all requirements are met, you will receive a notification of approval from the Jobcenter.
  • The Jobcenter arranges for your employee to receive coaching during their employment.

Who should I contact?

You can find the Jobcenter responsible for you via the Service Locator.

Competent authority

You can find the Jobcenter responsible for you via the Service Locator.


  • The person for whom you wish to receive the grant must:
    • receive citizens' allowance at the time of your application
    • have been unemployed for at least 2 years and,
    • have not yet taken up employment despite the Jobcenter's placement efforts.
  • 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 want to hire a person who has been employed by you for more than 3 months in the last 4 years.

Which documents are required?

  • Completed application
  • Employment contract

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

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

Processing duration

No information


  • Contradiction

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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