Accepting work while unemployed
Apply to the job advertisements that the TE Office sends you. As an unemployed jobseeker, you can accept jobs and part-time work without losing your right to unemployment benefits. If you get a full-time job for a period of over two weeks, you cannot receive an unemployment benefit.
You are obligated to grab hold of the job opportunities proposed by the TE Office. Refusing a job may result in losing your unemployment benefit temporarily, and repeatedly refusing jobs may result in losing it permanently. Also remember to inform the TE Office within the set time that you have applied to the job advertisements sent to you.
You should also accept temporary or random work. Accepting a job will increase your income and extend the time over which you can use your benefit days. At the same time, it accrues the employment condition for a new benefits period.
You can receive an adjusted unemployment benefit, if
- you work part-time for a maximum of 80% of the field's standard working hours
- you have full-day employment for a maximum of two weeks/month
- you have been laid-off and work for a maximum of 80% of the field's standard working hours
- you are a part-time entrepreneur
- you carry out business activities as a full-day entrepreneur for a maximum of two weeks/month.
Notify you unemployment fund or Kela about your income and working hours when applying for the unemployment benefit. If you receive an earnings-related allowance or a basic unemployment allowance, the days on which you work will correspondingly extend the period for which you can receive an allowance.
If in addition to an unemployment benefit you receive other social subsidies, check with your unemployment fund or Kela on whether the income you receive will affect your subsidies.
The rule of thumb is that you can earn three hundred euros a month without this affecting the amount of your unemployment benefit. After this, every euro exceeding the three hundred euros will reduce your unemployment benefit by fifty cents.
Notify your unemployment benefit provider of all your salary income, even when it remains under three hundred euros.
If in addition to an unemployment benefit you receive other social subsidies, check with Kela on whether short-term employment will affect your subsidies.
If you are employed full-day for a period of over two weeks, you are no longer unemployed and cannot receive an unemployment benefit. Notify the TE Office and Kela when you become employed. If your job comes to an end later on, register with the TE Office as an unemployed jobseeker no later than on your first day of unemployment.
If you receive other benefits such as a general housing allowance in addition to your unemployment benefit, find out whether the income you receive will affect them.