Qualifying period for persons without education

If you have no completed vocational training, you must complete a 5-month (21 weeks) qualifying period to be eligible for labour market subsidy. No qualifying period is required if labour market subsidy is paid immediately after unemployment allowance (basic or earnings-related) has been paid for the maximum period of time.

The qualifying period starts

  • when you register as unemployed and looking for work
  • when you register as unemployed and looking for work and your full-time studies have ended
  • when the period without benefit ends
  • when the obligation to work has been fulfilled.

If you are under 25 years of age and you have no completed vocational training and you have lost your entitlement to unemployment benefit because you have not applied for a place of study or accepted a place of study and for that reason been set an obligation for 21 weeks, the qualifying period starts after this obligation has been fulfilled. If you participate in employment promoting services when the obligation is fulfilled, the qualifying period starts when the employment promoting measure ends.

The qualifying period is reduced by full calendar weeks during which you have

  • been in employment that meets the work requirement
  • worked as a self-employed person and the work can be included in the work requirement for self-employed persons
  • received unemployment benefit during the previous two years or otherwise been entitled to unemployment benefit during that time but you have not received the benefit due to a waiting period, means-testing (income) or qualifying period.

The qualifying period can also be reduced by full calendar weeks during the previous two years during which you have received unemployment benefit from another EU or EEA country or Switzerland.

For instance work done while completing a waiting period imposed by the TE Services cannot be deducted from the qualifying period, however.