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Voluntary transformation of full time employment to part-time employment for employees in public services

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
Permanent employees in public agencies and local authorities have the right to ask for reduction in their working time at maximum 50% with the proportional decrease on their payment for a period of maximum 5 years
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: more than 200,000 permanent employees in public agencies and local authorities
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Reduction of the labor cost in public agencies and local authorities
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
with programmatic implications
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • flexicurity
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • working time
Intended target group
Permanent employees in public agencies mainly elderly, women and disabled
Working age population
  • main source of income: paid work
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body
  • municipal government
  • regional government
Intended output
  • wages
  • working time
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
There are no defined outcomes. May be some public agencies will manage to sustain their employment level.
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