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Factsheet for measure AT-2020-40/2056 – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 October 2020 – 31 December 2022|
|Context||COVID-19, Green Transition, Digital Transformation|
|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||13 October 2021 (updated 12 January 2022)|
The COVID-19 pandemic had large effects on the Austrian economy and labour market, with increased unemployment rates. In order to (re-)qualify and train unemployed persons, a large "Corona job offensive" was implemented by the Austrian federal government in fall 2020. The goal of this programme is to provide sustainable employment prospects and to support future-oriented economic development.
The Corona job offensive consists of a bundle of funding instruments to pursue educational and training measures. The options are custom-tailored to a wide variety of qualification requirements. The focus of the programme lies in training regarding digitalisation (IT) and (long-term) care.
The following groups are targeted by the initiative:
The aims of the programme are as follows:
Participants in the programme who complete a qualification measure or (re-)training lasting longer than four months receive an education bonus ( see measure 1641 in the COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch database ) of €180 per month in addition to their regular unemployment benefits.
The job offensive is processed by the Public Employment Service (AMS) and implemented by the regional AMS offices. The federal states (i.e. the regional offices) can thus determine the design of the measures and included training programmes, as needed by the regional labour markets.
In total, around €700 million have been earmarked for this programme by the federal government for 2020-2022 (trainings are to be started by 31 December 2021). Those are additional funds of which €485 million are for qualification, €102 million for advisory facilities, €58 million for the qualification bonus and €55 million for employment promotion in socio-economic companies and non-profit employment projects. The regular funding budget of the Public Employment Service (AMS) for 2021 remains at €1.2 billion.
Around 100,000 beneficiaries can thus be financed.
At the end of September 2021, 60,000 people have been qualified within the framework of this programme and 30,000 have found a new job, according to the labour minister Mr Kocher.
As of mid-December, 185,000 people received training and further education within the framework of the Corona Job Offensive. Almost 100,000 of them have already completed the training in 2021, thus having reached the ministry's target for 2021, according to the labour minister. The focus of the education and training measures was on digitalisation and natural sciences, health professions and care, as well as in the areas of environment and sustainability.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
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:
The social partners hold seats in the Public Employment Service's supervisory board and were thus to some degree involved in the design and implementation of the measure, but the extent is unknown.
Eurofound (2021), Corona Job offensive, measure AT-2020-40/2056 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/AT-2020-40_2056.html
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