The purpose of this Scheme is to attract, towards employment, financially inactive women, older people, and jobseekers who are looking for adjustable shifts due to family commitments, who are facing difficulties in entering and remaining in the labour market without assistance and who wish to work under adjustable conditions. Also, unemployed people referred to the Governing Body by the Public Employment Services may be included.

Additionally, the person should be financially inactive and must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Is a female who has not worked for at least 12 of the previous 16 months.
  2. Is a person who is at least 50 years old and has not worked for at least 12 of the previous 16 months.
  3. Is a parent who is responsible for a child under the age of 16 and faces difficulties in entering and remaining in the labour market without assistance and wishes to be employed under certain adjustable conditions.
  4. Is a person who is in charge of dependent chlidren/people with special needs or disabilities or serious chronic health problems and require ongoing supervision, and that person has difficulties in entering and remaining in the labour market without assistance, and who wishes to be employed under certain adjustable conditions.

Unemployed people may also participate in this Scheme, who are referred for this purpose by the Department of Labour because they need to be employed under certain adjustable conditions.

To the enterprises/organizations that participate in this Scheme, a subsidy is provided of 65% of the wage costs of the employee for a period of 12 months. The wage costs do not include any possible gratuities. They do include though the 13th and 14th salaries, overtime payments, shift benefits and commissions, which are given as a reward and not as a gratuity.

Attention!!! The application must be submitted before the registration of the person as an employee in the Social Insurances office.

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