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Pay subsidy to support job seeking

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Responsible for the service are:TE Office, Etelä-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Etelä-Savo TE Office, Häme TE Office, Kaakkois-Suomi TE Office, Kainuu TE Office, Keski-Suomi TE Office, Lappi TE Office, Pirkanmaa TE Office, Pohjanmaa TE Office, Pohjois-Karjala TE Office, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Pohjois-Savo TE Office, Satakunta TE Office, Uusimaa TE Office, Varsinais-Suomi TE Office
Area: nationwide (not the Åland Islands)
Service available in: Swedish, Finnish

A pay subsidy is an economic benefit that the TE Office may grant an employer to cover the costs of hiring an unemployed jobseeker and the time spent for guiding the new employee.

  • For you, the pay subsidy provides an opportunity to find a job for which your education is not completely sufficient or to find a job even if you suffer from a disability or an illness that affects the performance of your duties at work.

Work supported by pay subsidy always involves a normal employment relationship or an apprenticeship. The employment relationship may be valid for a fixed or a non-fixed time, and the job may be full-time or part-time.

  • You receive a salary in accordance with an applicable collective agreement or, if no applicable collective agreement exists, a prevalent and reasonable salary for the job in question.
  • The maximum amount of pay subsidy your employer may receive is 30%, 40% or 50% of your pay costs.

Do the following

After registering with the TE Office as an unemployed jobseeker, you and the TE Office assess and agree whether your employment may be supported by a pay subsidy granted to the employer.

  • The possibility for work supported by pay subsidy is included in your employment plan.
  • If you require a certificate stating the possibility to receive a pay subsidy to support your job seeking, you may be provided with a pay subsidy card. The card will be valid for three months at a time.

Seek a job actively by yourself:

  • Ensure that the possibility to receive a pay subsidy is included in your employment plan.
  • Contact interesting employers and apply for vacancies.
  • Remember to mention to the employer that a pay subsidy may be granted to cover the costs of hiring you.
  • If you receive a job, ask your employer to contact the TE Office or to submit the pay subsidy application well in advance before the start of the employment relationship.
  • Your employment relationship may start only after the TE Office has granted a pay subsidy to the employer.

In addition, the TE Office may offer you work supported by pay subsidy.


To whom and on what terms

The employer may receive a pay subsidy only for hiring a person who has registered with the TE Office as an unemployed jobseeker.

The TE Office may grant a pay subsidy for your pay costs if:

  • it contributes to your employment
  • it has been agreed upon in your employment plan
  • the employer and your employment relationship meet the requirements of receiving a pay subsidy
  • the required funds are available to the TE Office.

The service is free of charge.


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TE Office