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New Start Job (NSJ)

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
A New Start Job (NSJ) is a form of subsidised employment where the employer is remunerated in the amount of double the payroll cost for the applicant hired. This form of employment can last until the applicant?s 3 year period of being considered a newly arrived immigrant has expired. This policy is also directed toward unemployed youth and older workers.
Target group
Youth - Older Workers
Policy Field
  • employment
  • general fiscal
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
2007, ongoing
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: 7,8 million ? in the budget for 2014 (for all groups employed via NSJ, not just immigrants)
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: in 2012 : 49 818 (in 2012 43,2% of all participants in NSJ were foreign born)
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The purpose is to get more people into employment by stimulating employers to hire newly arrived immigranst (and those long-term unemployed ). The employer -incentive is economic retribution covering the payroll tax.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
prograMmatic long-term
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • dualisation
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • subsidies/tax-credits
Intended target group
Newly arrived immigrants (you are considered a newly arrived immigrant for up to three years of arrival)
Working age population
  • employment situation (unemployed)
Employers-private institutional actors
employers gaining subsidized workforce
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
Clarification of the role of various actors
New or reformed policies of this type requiring changes in legislation always go out on referral before being decided upon and implemented. Such referral instances usually include municipalities, social partners, evaluative public authorities and relevant interest organizations
Intended output
  • benefit level
  • subsidies/tax-credits
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
in terms of actual job creation, slight increaseincrease, mainly due to program paricipation
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