Unemployment & Job Search
Don’t have enough money to cover your living costs? Are you able and willing to work, but currently unable to find a job? Or do you have a small income, which is not enough? If any of this currently applies to you, you will find the appropriate assistance on this page.
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Here you can find support services on the subject of unemployment and job search.
1. Financial Support
Unemployment benefit, or ALG (from the German word Arbeitslosengeld), provides a social safety net in case you lose your job or training position. It replaces part of your missing income so that you can continue to pay your bills.
Education and Participation
In Germany, children, teens and young adults are supposed to have equal opportunities. Education and participation in social and cultural activities are important factors in ensuring equal opportunity. For this reason, the state provides benefits to support education and participation. This is also known as the education and participation package.
Citizen's benefit (Bürgergeld)
If you do not have enough money to cover your living expenses, you may be entitled to citizen's allowance. In order to receive it, you must either live in a community of need with a citizen's allowance recipient or generally be able to work. If this does not apply to you, you can apply for assistance with living expenses or basic income support.
Discounted Public Transport Ticket
Do you have a low income? Then under certain conditions you can get a certificate of eligibility for a reduced local transport ticket. This allows you to travel more cheaply on regional buses and (streetcar) trains. You can find out more about this benefit here.
2. Job Search Assistance for Recipients of Citizen's Allowance (Bürgergeld)
If you receive citizen's benefits, you can take part in a so-called work opportunity under certain conditions. This can improve your chances of (re-)entering working life. You can find more information here.
Activation and Placement Voucher (AVGS)
Do you need support with your professional (re)integration? Or do you want to improve your chances on the job market? In these cases, the activation and placement voucher may be the right help for you. You can find more information here.
Benefit to promote integration into the labour market (Einstiegsgeld)
Are you currently receiving unemployment benefit II (ALG II) and would like to start your own business? Or would you like to start a job that is subject to social insurance contributions? If so, you can find out everything you need to know on this page.
Grant from Placement Budget
If you are looking for or taking up a new job or training, you can have your expenses (such as travel costs and costs for certificates) reimbursed. This also applies to expenses that you incur within the first 6 months of starting work. You can find out more about this benefit here.
Supporting young people who are difficult to reach
Are you between 15 and 25 years old and currently in a difficult life situation, for example because you can't find a job or training place? Then you may be able to apply for this benefit. It can help you to complete a qualification, find a job or receive social benefits. You can find more information here.
Do you receive citizen's benefits (Bürgergeld), are you being supported by the job center in finding work and need special help to get back into the job market? In these and other similar cases, the free funding program can help you find and keep work. You can find more information about the benefit here.
3. For Employers and the Self-Employed
Compensatory levy for non-employment of severely disabled persons
As an employer with at least 20 employees per month, do you not employ the legally required number of severely disabled people? Then you are obliged to pay a compensatory levy. You can find more information here.
Integration of the Long-Term Unemployed
If you, as an employer, would like to employ eligible persons, you can apply to the Jobcenter for wage subsidies in accordance with the Participation Opportunities Act (Teilhabechancengesetz). Persons who have been unemployed for at least two years and receive citizen's benefits (Bürgergeld) are eligible. You can find more information about the benefit here.
Integration of Self-Employed
Do you receive Citizen's Benefit and are self-employed? Or are you planning to become self-employed as your main occupation after receiving the citizen's benefit? The Jobcenter can support you in becoming self-employed. You can find more information here.
Participation in the Job Market
If you are an employer and would like to employ long-term unemployed people, you can apply to the Jobcenter for wage subsidies in accordance with the Participation Opportunities Act. People who have not been able to find a job for many years and who receive citizen's benefit are eligible. You can find information on the benefit here.
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Help in all situations.
Vocational Training & Studies
Would you like to study or do vocational training and need financial support? Then you can apply for various financial aids. On this page you will find the appropriate offers of help.
Are you employed, but your income isn’t enough to rent a suitable flat? Or do you receive unemployment benefit, but it isn’t enough to cover the rent? If this currently applies to you, you will find the appropriate help on this page.
Family & Children
Do you have one or more children and would like to know how you can apply for support to finance their education or your living expenses? Then you will find all the information and the right help on this page.