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Flemish Support Subsidy for the disabled (Vlaamse Ondersteuningspremie or VOP)

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
The VOP is a wage subsidy to stimulate the hiring of disabled people and the retention of workers who become disabled. / Wage subsidies are awarded to employers in the private sector and in education and to local authorities. The basic scheme is a subsidy of 40 % of the labour costs during the first year, 30 % during the second, and 20 % in the third, fourth and fifth. Then follows an evaluation which decides on the continuation of the subsidy. Based on a special assessment, the subsidy may be raised from the first year on to a maximum of 60 %. There is also a separate scheme for independent workers. /
Target group
Policy Field
  • employment
  • wage
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Started in 2008 as a compilation of two existing schemes
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: 75 million euro in 2012
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: about 10 000 employees in 2012
  • Spatial coverage: regional
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The aim is to get more disabled people at work and to keep working people who become disabled at work.
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • others (social inclusion)
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • subsidies/tax-credits
Intended target group
Unemployed disabled and people who become disabled at work
Working age population
  • employment situation (unemployed)
  • main source of income: paid work
Employers-private institutional actors
the private sector (including temporary work agencies) and self-employed
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • regional government
Intended output
  • subsidies/tax-credits
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
although the number of the people employed with a subsidy has risen from about 6000 in 2008 (last year of the previous schemes) to about 10 000 in 2012, there are no (experimental) data to show how the scheme contributed to the overall employment rate of disabled people.
Intended and unintended outcomes
on a yearly basis there are about 45 000 disabled jobseekers in Flanders. Not all of them qualify for a VOP, but more than half certainly do
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
This scheme targets the labour market inclusion of disabled people
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