Working opportunities with additional expenses compensation

Working opportunities with additional expenses compensation

German Working opportunities with additional cost compensation are set in § 16 Abs. 3 SGB II (Social Code, Book II) [ [ § 16 Abs. 3 SGB II (Social Code, Book II)] .] . These working opportunities are features of the former social welfare (§ 19 BSHG: "charitable additional work") but were never (since introducion from SGB II) offered by the social welfare in this extent and are therefore rarely known in public sight.

aim and conditions

As part of the German Hartz concept to increas employment and to decrease welfare costs the aim of these working opportunities is to become long time unemployed accustomed to regular work again and so to increase their chance to get payed work again.

According to this aim there are four main conditions. First the working opportunity is subordinate to other opportunities like recruitment into payed work or subsided work. Second it hst to be proportinal. Third the command to take the working opportunity has to be reasonable certain. According to the German constitution every amininstrative law which interferes with basic civil rights has to state clear and exhaustive what the citizen has to do. In this case this is extent, mode and duration of the working opportunity. Forth and last occupational safety and health have to be maintained.

additional cost compensation

The additional cost compensation nicknamed it. The jobs are often called pejoratively Ein-Euro-Job (One Euro work) by some because the "additional cost compensation" is about one Euro per hour. It can differ from 1.00 € to 2.50 €. The compansation is not considered as a wage. So it is not taken from the unemployment benefit. Nothing is added to the pension calculation like regular working jobs - the pension is calculated by the mean earnings what means the more people are working with additional cost compensation the lower is the average pension; what furthermore means less money to spend for pensions. But in Germany walfare pays in the pension for everyone who ist on welfare and able to work.

force to work

People who have not worked for more than 12 month in the last 2 years can be forced to do working opportunities with additional cost compensation. If you are on such a working opportunity you don't have regular employment rights or employment protection rights like a regular worker. In fact there is no civil protection and no rights at all. But protection is enforced by administrative law.


People with working opportunities with additional cost compensation are not unemployed in federal statistic meanings even though they are reported unemployed at the Bundesagentur für Arbeit. This is to embelish the unemployment statistic in the meaning that people who are forced to do these working opportunities with additional cost compensation are not added in official statistic, for example Germany has about 3,400,000 unemployed people but 5,200,000 that depend on welfare money.


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