Do any of the following affect your finding employment:
- you have been unemployed for a long time
- you have health issues or
- your financial situation makes it difficult for you to accept a job and work?
Help is available for your problems, but you will often have to look and ask for it. Multisectoral joint services that promote employment can support you in getting help for many problems from one place.
Pay subsidy is available for putting an end to long-term unemployment. It is a form of support paid to the employer for the wage and salary costs of an employee. The employer applies for the pay subsidy.
Discuss with an expert at the TE Office to find out whether you can receive a pay subsidy. If the expert is in favour of the support, mention that you have an opportunity to get it to prospective employers. You can also ask the expert for a pay subsidy card.
If you fail to find employment regardless of the opportunity for a pay subsidy, you can talk with an expert of the TE Office about starting a work try-out at a workplace. If the expert evaluates that the try-out is a suitable solution for you, you can search for a job for the work try-out on your own or ask the expert about vacancies. During the work try-out, you can receive an increased unemployment benefit.
During the try-out, you will get to familiarise yourself with the tasks at the workplace and demonstrate your competence to an employer. If you are eligible for a pay subsidy, let your employer know about the subsidy in good time before the end of the try-out. However, your employer is not required to hire you after the work try-out even if they have initially promised to do so.
If you have been unemployed for years, get to know your municipality’s employment services. Municipalities offer work, work try-outs and training to people who have been unemployed for several years. You can also ask an expert at the TE Office about the opportunities provided by the municipality.
If your long-term unemployment affects your life management, you can try and rejoin the workforce through rehabilitating work activities. As your municipality’s social services or TE Office for information about rehabilitating work activities, You are entitled to an unemployment benefit and reimbursement for expenses during the activities.
Many organisations, parishes and non-profits, such as recycling centres are also often supported in employing people with long-term unemployment. You can also ask an expert from the TE Offices for information about vacancies and opportunities for work try-outs with these employers. Also ask the expert about projects that help people find employment in your area.
The work in many municipalities, organisations, parishes and associations is often only intended for putting an end to long-term unemployment. You should therefore start your job search in good time before the end of your employment. You are more likely to find a job when you are employed than when you are unemployed.
If you feel that your health negatively affects your work ability, you must first ask your doctor for a B medical statement on your work ability for the job or work tasks you are applying. After this, you must present the statement to an expert at the TE Office and ask whether you are eligible for applying for a pay subsidy based on your reduced work ability. It is a form of support paid to the employer for your wage and salary costs.
If an employer is interested in hiring you but would have to purchase special aids or make other changes or arrangements to the workplace, you can apply for a subsidy for arranging working conditions from the TE Office. The maximum amount of this subsidy paid for your employer is four thousand euros.
If you are unable to work in your previous job, you can find a new profession with the help of vocational rehabilitation. Depending on your situation, this rehabilitation can include training, a work try-out or job coaching. During the rehabilitation, you can receive a rehabilitation allowance or rehabilitation subsidy.
You need a B medical statement from your doctor for applying for the rehabilitation. Once you have been given the statement, you must find out about your opportunity for vocational rehabilitation first from your earnings-related pension providers and subsequently from Kela if necessary. Follow the provided instructions.
If vocational rehabilitation is not possible for you, discuss other means for finding a new profession at the TE Office.
You should consider applying for a pension. Find out whether your municipality provides work ability and pension investigations. You can apply to the investigations with the help of a social worker or social instructor, municipal employment services, primary health care, and intoxicant abuse and mental health services. Practices vary based on municipalities.
The investigation involves assessing your remaining work ability and functional capacity. It can be used as a basis for applying for rehabilitation or a pension for you.
You can get help to your situation by contacting your region's financial and debt counselling services. Debt counselling is free of charge. The Debt Line telephone service of the Guarantee Foundation also provides free counselling.
You are entitled to rehabilitation, training or a job, or you can take part in services promoting employment if the following conditions are met:
- You are at least 57 years old and registered as an unemployed jobseeker at a TE Office
- The maximum period for which Kela or your unemployment fund pays you unemployment allowance is coming to an end
- You are not entitled to extended unemployment allowance.
The TE Office must provide you with an opportunity to take part in services promoting employment before you lose your right to unemployment allowance. If there are no suitable rehabilitation or training opportunities or services available, your home municipality must offer you employment. The TE Office must notify your home municipality of the employment obligation and your rights.
If you take part in employment-promoting services offered to you, you will continue to receive the unemployment allowance during the services and after they have ended. Likewise, the payment of the unemployment allowance will continue after your fixed-term employment relationship has ended.
The multisectoral joint services promoting employment are provided in a cooperation of Kela, the TE Offices and municipalities. The services involve cooperation by the authorities in guiding their clients to use employment, rehabilitation, and social and health care services. In some municipalities, all of these services are available from one place, while others have made different arrangements for the cooperation.
The TE Office or municipal department of social services can refer you to multisectoral joint services if you fulfil certain conditions. You will particularly benefit from the cooperation by the authorities if you have multiple problems that need to be figured out before your employment.
The multisectoral joint services begin with an investigation period aiming to determine which services you need. After the investigation period, you can start a work try-out, vocational rehabilitation or rehabilitating work activities, for instance. All of these activities aim at gaining access to employment one step at a time.