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Helsinki benefit

Support for job seekers with the Helsinki benefit

The City of Helsinki gives financial encouragement for employers operating in the Helsinki employment area in offering work opportunities to unemployed Helsinki residents. The Helsinki benefit is paid to the employer and it can be given as a recruitment or employment subsidy. After the employment has continued for at least six months after the Helsinki benefit subsidy period, the employer can apply for a separate recruitment bonus. The Helsinki benefit is discretionary.

 The recruitment subsidy can be applied for by all employers operating in the Helsinki employment area. The recruitment subsidy is intended for the expenses arising from hiring an employee, such as the costs of equipment and orientation. The recruitment subsidy cannot be used for the salary costs of the hired person. The amount of the subsidy is always €500 per month, and it can be paid for 1–10 months.

The employment subsidy can be applied for by non-commercial organisations (e.g. associations, foundations). The employment subsidy can also be applied for by companies, when the basis for the hired person’s pay subsidy is a permanent or long-term disability or illness affecting work performance. The employment subsidy is intended for the salary costs of the hired person and must always be used alongside the highest pay subsidy granted by the TE Office (50–100%). The amount of the subsidy is a maximum of €800 per month depending on the pay subsidy and salary costs, and it can be paid for 1–10 months.

An employer can apply for the Helsinki benefit in the following situations:

• The job seeker is aged under 30 and has been unemployed for at least six months before employment.

• The job seeker is aged over 30 and has been unemployed for at least 24 months during the 28 months prior to the employment.

• The job seeker is an unemployed 18–64-year-old person who has been paid labour market subsidy due to unemployment for at least 300 days. (The unemployment benefit turns into labour market subsidy after the earnings-related allowance from an unemployment fund or Kela’s basic unemployment allowance. The accumulation of labour market subsidy can be checked independently through Kela’s online service by using online banking codes.)

• The job seeker is entitled to pay subsidy based on a permanent disability or illness affecting work performance.

The Helsinki benefit requires the employee’s working hours to be at least 30 hours per week (25 hours for apprenticeships) and the salary to be in accordance with the applicable collective agreement. The Helsinki benefit also has some preconditions that the employer must take into account when applying for the benefit.

The education services offered by the City of Helsinki are also available to those employed with the Helsinki benefit.





06.12.2019 14:45