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Temporary bridge jobs for disabled workers

Country of implementation
The Netherlands
General short description of the innovation
This innovation temporarily provided wage subsidies of 50% of minimum wage for one year to disability benefit recipients whose disability level was re-assessed following the disability benefit reform of 2004. The objective was to stimulate placement into work of this group by providing an incentive to the employer.
Target group
Disabled
Policy Field
  • employment
  • social
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
2008-2009
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: Temporary
  • Budgets: 48.6 million
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: 4,050 re-assessed disabled with an indication for wage subsidy
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
This program is meant as a temporary incentive for employers to hire unemployed on disability benefits who lost (part of) their benefits following their re-assessment since 2004. The strategy consists of a wage-subsidy for the period of one year of 50% of the minimum wage, which should reduce the financial risk for employers to hire this vulnerable group.
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
Temporary program
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • others (Wage-subsidy for employers)
Intended target group
Re-assessed disability benefit recipients and employers
Working age population
  • employment situation (Unemployed)
  • main source of income: social protection (disability benefits or possibly UEB (after loosing disability benefits following the re-assessment))
Employers-private institutional actors
Employers willing to hire partially disabled workers
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (Implementation of the program)
  • central state (Regulation and bufdget)
  • private for-profit organisations (commercial) (Private re-integration companies could arrange this subsidy for employers where they placed clients)
Intended output
  • others (Wage-subsidy for employers)
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
A small number of disabled unemployed have found a job using this wage subsidy
Intended and unintended outcomes
260 unemployed or 6% of the target group found a job
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
The policy has hardly contributed to the placement of re-assessed disabled unemployed. Few people were placed, often in insecure (temporary) jobs. The evaluation mentions that the policy has hardly been used by re-integration companies to realise placements in work. Two reasons are given: the subsidy does not provide enough incentive given the vulnerable target group and the program was implemented after the crisis which made employers more risk-averse. Nevertheless, employers indicate that they do consider these kinds of policies when thinking about hiring disabled workers.
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