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Annual income

The amount of your allowance is based on your annual income. Your annual income is calculated for the 12 calendar months prior to the calendar month that precedes the start of your entitlement to the benefit.

In certain situations the allowance can be determined on the basis of the income for the last 3 calendar months of the reference period.

You can estimate the amount of rehabilitation allowances by using the calculator (in Finnish).

Wage or salary income

Earnings from private- or public-sector employment paid during the reference period are included in the annual income. As a rule, Kela receives information on wages and salaries that are included in the annual income from the national Incomes Register, so this information need not be reported to Kela separately.

The employer must report wage and salary information to the Incomes Register within five days of the date of payment. You can check the information submitted by your employer in the Incomes Register (vero.fi/income register). You log in to the online service with your online bank credentials or a mobile ID. Please note that employers also report income that is not included in the annual income, e.g. reimbursements of costs, to the Incomes Register. 

If you think that your earnings data in the Incomes Register contains inaccuracies or incorrect information, you should ask your employer to correct the information. You cannot correct the data contained in the national incomes register yourself. 

Example

Maija’s work rehabilitation starts 14 April 2024. The reference period is 1 March 2023–29.2.2024. During this period, Maija has received EUR 2,500 per month in wages (before taxes) and EUR 1,125 in holiday bonus (before taxes).

The annual income includes 12 months x EUR 2,500 + EUR 1,125 = EUR 31,125.*

The amount of the rehabilitation allowances approximately EUR 65 per working day.

*) Insurance contributions (10,01 %) are deducted from the annual income.

Salary for insurance purposes

If you have been working abroad during the reference period and a salary for insurance purposes has been determined for this period of employment, the salary for insurance purposes will be taken into account in the annual income instead of the salary actually paid. 

Income under the self-employed persons' (YEL) and farmers' (MYEL) pension insurance schemes

If you are a self-employed person insured under the YEL or MYEL pension insurance scheme, your annual income will include the reported YEL or MYEL income for the 12 calendar month reference period. The income is calculated only for the period when the insurance was in force.

No other income from self-employment is included in the annual income, for example not wage or salary income from your own business, nor income from self-employment. If the YEL or MYEL insurance has not been in force during the reference period, no income from self-employment is included in the annual income.

Example

Liisa’s rehabilitation starts 15 February 2024. The reference period is 1 January–31 December 2023. The YEL income is EUR 20,000 per year.

The annual income includes the YEL income. 

The amount of the  rehabilitation allowance is approximately EUR 46 per working day.*

*) Estimate

Self-employment on a part-time basis

If you are self-employed on a part-time basis, i.e. you have worked as a self-employed person during the reference period and at the same time worked as a salaried employee for another employer, your annual income will, in addition to the reported income under the YEL or MYEL scheme, also include the salary paid to you.

Grants and scholarships

If you have a research or arts grant or scholarship and you have a MYEL insurance with the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution (Mela) based on the grant or scholarship, your annual income is calculated on the basis of your reported income under the MYEL insurance.

If you are not under obligation to take out MYEL insurance, your grant or scholarship is not included in your annual income.

Benefit-based income

The benefit-based income is a calculated income determined on the basis of the average daily amount of certain benefits you have received in the 12-month reference period.

The benefit-based income only includes the following benefits when the period of award falls within the 12-month reference period:

  • unemployment benefit
  • job alternation compensation
  • sickness allowance
  • partial sickness allowance
  • daily allowances for parents
  • special care allowances
  • sickness allowance on account of human cell, tissue and organ donation
  • rehabilitation allowance from Kela
  • rehabilitation allowance or rehabilitation increase provided under the earnings-related pension acts
  • disability pension provided under the earnings-related pension acts
  • disability pension provided under the National Pensions Act
  • guarantee pension as supplement to disability pension
  • adult education subsidy
  • adjustment pension or adjustment allowance for Members of Parliament
  • study grant.

Benefits paid to the employer are not included in the annual income because you have for the same period received wages that are included in the annual income.

Example

Pekka’s rehabilitation starts 14 February 2024. The reference period is 1 January–31 December 2023. Pekka has received EUR 60.00 per day for 5 days per week in earnings-related unemployment allowance during this period.

Based on the average earnings-related allowance, the rehabilitation allowance is approximately EUR 52 per day*. Sickness allowance is paid for 6 days a week.

*) Estimate

Compensations for loss of income

Compensations for loss of income awarded during the reference period are included in the annual income if the compensation is based on one of the following:

  • accident at work
  • occupational disease
  • traffic accident
  • patient injury
  • military injury
  • communicable disease under the Act on Communicable Diseases (sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease).

Compensations for loss of income are taken into account to the amount awarded.

The compensation is usually not included in the annual income if payment continues alongside a Kela benefit awarded for the same period. Compensations paid to the employer are not included in the annual income because you have for the same period received wages that are included in the annual income.

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Special circumstances

Last modified 13/11/2023

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