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Crisis wage subsidy

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
The crisis wage subsidy was an anti-crisis measure taken by the government in 2010. If an employer wished to dismiss a blue collar worker during the period 1 January 2010 till 31 December 2011, the employee was entitled to a (tax-free) crisis subsidy to be paid partially by the employer. The subsidy amounted to max 1.666 EUR for full time workers of which 2/3 was paid by the National Employment Office, while the employer was liable for the remainder. / / Since 1 January 2012, this policy is reformed to a structural ?severance payment?. The measure expanded in scope and the payment is now completely at the expense of the National Employment Office. /
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • equal opportunities
  • general fiscal
  • wage
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Temporal crisis wage subsidy: 1 January 2010 - 31 december 2011
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: Temporary, but followed up by a reformed structural severance payment since 1 January 2012.
  • Budgets: Year Budget spent each year (in million EUR)/2010 31 *2011 47,5 *2012 56,1 *2013 79,6 /Source:
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Narrow the gap between the employment status (and redundancy conditions) of blue and white collar workers / /
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • encompassing security
  • others (contra-dualisation)
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • subsidies/tax-credits
Intended target group
Blue collar workers facing collective redundancy
Working age population
  • employment situation (dismissed workers )
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (National Employment Office (implementation))
  • beneficiaries/users
  • employers (organised or individual) (employers (implementation))
Intended output
    Intended and unintended outcomes
    number of beneficiaries / Year beneficiaries / 2010 2.274 / 2011 3.524 / 2012 3.366 / 2013 4.169 / Source: /
    Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
    No information available.
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