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Employment for public benefit

Country of implementation
Greece
General short description of the innovation
The aim of the programme is to finance the temporal employment in jobs of public benefit (cleaning parks, roads, school, social work, care etc). / The beneficiaries are selected according to certain criteria(duration of unemployment, age, education, type of family, qualifications, annual family income) and are working for 5-7 months 6 hours per day, getting less than the minimum salary and with no right to redundancy compensation or any other employment premium. They are mainly work in municipal services, in regional authorities and as auxiliary personnel in education. /
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • employment
  • wage
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
2013-2014
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: temporary
  • Budgets: 216,000,000 (2013/ 172,800,000- 2014/43,200,000)
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: 50
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The Act is designed to: / ? to improve the economic situation of the unemployed, / ? effective support for vulnerable social groups, / ? to meet social needs and / ? Upgrade the services offered to civilians /
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
Even though the program is temporal it causes changes(weakness) in the content and level of employment rights
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • liberalisation
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • governance
  • subsidies/tax-credits
  • wages
Clarification of intended mechanisms, outputs and outcomes (optional)
wage cost is a) to 19.60 euros per day and no more than 490 per month for unemployed over 25 years while the minimum salary is 586 euros and b ) to 17.1 euros per day and no more than 427 per month for the unemployed under 25 years while the minimum salary is 510 euros. The programme provides also insurance contributions, which a) for the unemployed over 25 years do not exceed the amount of 258,00 ? and b) for unemployed under 25 years the amount of 225,00 ?.
Intended target group
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body
  • central state
  • municipal government
  • private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO)
  • regional government
Clarification of the role of various actors
The central state finances with the assistance of ESF and regulates the innovation while the other actors employee the beneficiaries
Intended output
  • subsidies/tax-credits
  • wages
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
Of very high impact in terms of employment for unemployed youths and long term unemployed but creates precarious and second category jobs
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