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Factsheet for measure BG-2020-26/1004 – Updated – measures in Bulgaria
|Country||Bulgaria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 26 June 2020 – 30 June 2023|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub)|
|Measure added||16 July 2020 (updated 18 January 2022)|
Employers from all economic sectors, with the exception of agriculture, can hire unemployed under a program, which is financed under the Operational Program 'Human Resources Development'. The measure is primarily aimed at companies in the sectors 'Hotels and restaurants' and 'Travel agency and operator activities; other travel and reservation activities'.
The aim of the project is to provide support for reintegration into employment of unemployed people who lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic and the spread of COVID-19. In response to the challenges associated with the observed rapid rate of rising unemployment in the country, the project aims to provide timely support to employers for hiring unemployed people by providing employment subsidies.
Unemployed persons can be employed on a full-time or part-time contract for a period of up to three months, during which they will receive funds in the amount of the minimum wage and social security contributions at the expense of the employer.
Persons must not have been employed by the same employer one month before the application was submitted. After the expiration of the three-month period of subsidised employment, employers will be obliged to further employ at least 75% of the supported workers for a period equal to the period of subsidised employment.
The number of employed workers eligible for state aid varies as follows:
Employers can submit applications to the local Labour Offices.
The financial resource amounts to BGN 160 million (approx. €79 million), distributed on a quota basis by municipalities and consolidated by districts. Around BGN 50 million (approx. €25 million) has been set for priority support to employers in the areas of 'Hotel and Restaurant Management' and 'Travel Agency and Operator Activity'.
At least 70,000 unemployed may benefit from the programme.
The preliminary assessment (as of 22 January 2021) of the measure shows that €4 million have been paid to 2,371 employers so far. This has saved the jobs of 8,636 people.
The Employment for You scheme under Operational program human resources development, which started in July 2020 as an anti-crisis measure, has provided employment to a total of 10,080 people, and only in February employment contracts were concluded with 2,273 new unemployed.
As of 30 June 2021, under the procedure, more than 19,643 applications were submitted by employers for the creation of 50,000 jobs.
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The social partners were directly involved in the negotiations and debates on the drafting of the measure within the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation. This measure is part of a whole package of measures that was developed in collaboration with the social partners. The measure is a supplement and extension of an old measure, which currently aims to support specific sectors.
Both employers and unions unanimously supported the measure. This measure is part of a whole package of measures that was developed in collaboration with the social partners. The measure is a supplement and extension of an old measure, which currently aims to support specific sectors.
Eurofound (2020), Measure: 'Employment for you': subsidised employment for hiring unemployed, measure BG-2020-26/1004 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2020-26_1004.html
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