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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-35/1226 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 28 August 2020|
|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||Paula Carrilho and Heloísa Perista (CESIS)|
|Measure added||02 October 2020 (updated 27 November 2020)|
To face the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government established as one of the priority axes of the Economic and Social Stabilisation Programme (Programa de Estabilização Económica e Social), approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 41/2020, of 6 of June, the maintenance of employment and the gradual recovery of economic activity.
The measure 'ATIVAR.PT Incentive' was created in this context. It is part of a wider package of active labour market policies, the 'Programme ATIVAR.PT - Enhanced Support Programme to Employment and Vocational Training' (ATIVAR.PT — Programa Reforçado de Apoios ao Emprego e à Formação Profissional), which aims to ensure an adequate and rapid response with support programmes for hiring and internships, in combination with programmes for specific sectors and groups. It includes two policy measures: a) ATIVAR.PT Internships; and b) ATIVAR.PT Incentive.
The Ordinance 207/2020, of 27 August, regulates the measure ATIVAR.PT Incentive, a support to the hiring of unemployed people oriented to the creation of sustainable employment and to the promotion of the employability of groups who are more distant from the labour market. This measure introduces reinforced incentives to stimulate the hiring of unemployed people with low employability, notably those with a disability or impairment, while providing for a set of transitional mechanisms to respond to the new unemployed and to adapt to the exceptional context that the country is experiencing.
The objectives of the measure ATIVAR.PT Incentive are (article 2):
'ACTIVAR.PT Incentive' adresses people with disabilities and/or impairments as detailed below.
This incentive corresponds to a financial support to the employer that concludes an employment contract with an unemployed registered for at least six months at the PES (transitory and until 30 June 2021, this period has been reduced to three months), who matches specific conditions (article 6). This mandatory period of registration at the PES is not required when the unemployed has a disability or impairment.
The private for profit or not for profit employer must meet the following requirements (article 3):
The granting of financial support requires the maintenance of the job for at least 24 months, in the case of an open-ended contract, or the initial contract duration, in the case of a fixed-term contract (article 9). The employer is obliged to provide vocational training to the hired worker, in one of the following modalities (article 10, paragraph 1):
The employer is entitled to financial support corresponding to (article 11):
This financial support is increased by 10% notably in the case of hiring unemployed persons with disabilities or impairment. The financial support is also increased when the job is located in inland areas; and when the person hired belongs to the under-represented sex in that occupation.
The employer that converts, under this Ordinance and respecting specific requirements, a fixed-term contract into an open-ended contract is entitled to a ‘conversion award’. The amount of this award is equal to twice the monthly basic wage defined in the contract, up to the limit of five times the value of the IAS (€2,194.05) (article 12, paragraph 1); transitory, until 30 June 2021, this amount is equal to three times the monthly basic wage defined in the contract, up to the limit of seven times the value of the IAS (€3,071.67).
This measure was launched very recently. No information is yet available of use of measure.
|Does not apply to workers||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||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:
As stated in the Ordinance regulating the Incentive measure ATIVAR.PT, the social partners represented at the tripartite Standing Committee for Social Concertation were consulted.
Furthermore, this measure will be evaluated by the Standing Committee for Social Concertation within three years from the entry into force of this Ordinance.
Social partners supported the measure
Eurofound (2020), Incentive ATIVAR.PT - Incentive for employers to hire unemployed persons with disability or impairment, measure PT-2020-35/1226 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-35_1226.html
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