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Factsheet for case CY-2020-11/453 – measures in Cyprus

Scheme for the remuneration of contract workers and self-employed in the afternoon programmes of the Ministry of Education

Σχέδιο απολαβών εργαζομένων στα απογευματινά Προγράμμα του Υπουργείου Παιδείας

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 12 March 2020 – 30 April 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Case created 10 April 2020 (updated 06 May 2020)

Background information

The scheme aims to support educators working in the afternoon programmes implemented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth. The scheme is found among a bundle of other measures announced by the government entitled 'Support Measures of Budgetary Nature for the Confrontation of Coronavirus´.

The employment status of these groups of educators is on a different base than the educators working in the morning primary or secondary education and are not covered by other measures announced by the government. They are assumed as self-employed service providers.

  • On Wednesday 8 April, the President of the Republic announced the decision of the Cabinet to extent all the measures taken by the Degrees of the Minister of Health up until 30 April 2020. The Minister of Health undertakes, currently, a legal and technical processing of these measures.

Content of measure

The Scheme provides for the full remuneration of approximately 5,000 persons working in the afternoon and evening programmes of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth including: the Music Schools, the Sport Schools, the State Institutes of Further Education, the Adult Education Centers, the Optional all-day Schools, the Afternoon and Evening Programmes of the Technical Schools and the programme 'Actions for School and Social Integration'.

It is noted that all persons employed in the above schools and programmes are working on a contract base during the academic year only and are considered as self-employed without very restricted benefits in comparison with their colleagues in the morning schools.

Use of measure

The beneficiaries of the schemes is approximately 5,000 persons and the budget available is €3 million.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
Trade unions
National funds

Social partners

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 Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • N/A
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level



Views and reactions

The government has consulted the social partners - i.e. trade unions, employers' organizations and the political parties - and the measure is an outcome of agreement among them.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Teaching professionals


  • 12 March 2020: Scheme for the Remuneration of Workers in the Afternoon Programmes of the Ministry of Education (


Eurofound (2020), Scheme for the remuneration of contract workers and self-employed in the afternoon programmes of the Ministry of Education, case CY-2020-11/453 (measures in Cyprus), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.