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Factsheet for measure AT-2020-25/1215 – Updated – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 15 June 2020 – 31 December 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||02 October 2020 (updated 11 November 2021)|
Against the background of high unemployment caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the new re-start bonus is intended to promote the take-up of part-time employment by previously registered unemployed people and is a specific form of the combination wage allowance. It is an active labour market policy which has been in place for many years (mostly focusing on older people and especially women re-entering the labour market after interruptions).
The re-start bonus is intended for people who are currently unemployed and who are registered with the public employment service (PES) and who are willing to take up a new position (job offer registered with the PES) where they would earn less than in their previous job.
The minimum number of working hours of the newly taken up are 20 hours per week. The PES then increases this income from part-time work to 80% of the person's full-time net income before unemployment (the PES pays the difference up to an amount of €950 net). The duration of the allowance is limited to a maximum of 28 weeks and concerns fully insured employment relationships that are taken up between 15 June 2020 and 30 June 2021.
The objectives of the measure are:
The instrument is available for affected workers in all sectors, but in the context of the COVID-19 crisis it is expected that it will be used primarily within the tourism sector.
According to information provided by the labour ministry, by July 2021, 3,785 subsidies had been approved, of which 515 (14%) for people aged 50+, including 35 for people aged 60+.
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
According to a newspaper article, the social partners and the PES were not involved in the design of the measure upon its first presentation by the labour minister Ms Aschbacher (People's Party ÖVP) in late May 2020. However, the social partners were then involved in the implementation of the measure, as it was decided in the PES' administrative board, in which social partner representatives are present.
No information on the views are available. However, as it was implemented via the PES' administrative board, which includes social partner representatives, and because it is a new variant of a pre-existing measure, it can be assumed that both sides of the social partners are content.
Eurofound (2020), Re-start bonus (combination wage allowance), measure AT-2020-25/1215 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/AT-2020-25_1215.html
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