Register with the TE Office as an unemployed jobseeker
Fill in the application in eService
If you work part-time or occasionally, read the brief instructions below first to get you well started.
Part-time work is a kind of work that is done in an employment relationship, where the working time agreed in the employment contract is no more than 80 % of the maximum working time of a full-time employee applicable in the field. Occasional work is a kind of work that is done in a full-time employment relationship lasting no more than two weeks (14 days).
Part-time work is a permanent part-time work relationship carried out unilaterally by the employer for production and financial reasons. Part-time employment must be implemented in compliance with the notice period.
When an employer turns the job into a part-time employment, the employer unilaterally changes the employment relationship to permanent part-time for production and financial reasons. This process shall be carried out in accordance with the term of notice.
Notify the TE Office if you have started a part-time job, a business or are doing occasional work.
You can apply for an adjusted daily allowance as well as an earnings-related daily allowance in other ways.
Apply online for an earnings-related unemployment allowance in our eService.
Let us know in your application:
Attach the following to your application:
You can send an application even if all attachments are not yet available. Send them to us as soon as you receive them.
Send the application and its attachments via eService. You can submit the application at the end of the application period
You can send a paper application form to:
Remember that the application must have been received by us no later than three months from the first day of the application period.
Our processor will contact you if we need more information in order to process your application. Please submit any missing attachments or additional clarifications we have requested through our eServices.
Remember to notify us of any changes affecting your entitlement to daily allowance and any changes in your personal and contact information through eServices.
Notify us promptly of any changes affecting your entitlement to daily allowance and the payment of daily allowance in your situation. You should also keep your information up-to-date for the processing of your application. You can report changes through eServices, or by post. You can also provide some of the information by calling our service number.
If you or your spouse are paid child home care allowance, please indicate this in the application. If your spouse receives child home care allowance, include more detailed information on your spouse's possible employment and studies and on the person caring for the child. You should also notify us of any changes in child home care allowance or the discontinuation of the allowance. Decisions on child home care allowance do not need to be sent to us.
If your employment ends, notify us of this in your daily allowance application and to the TE Office.
Please notify us in your application if you no longer apply for daily allowance in the future. If you start full-time employment lasting more than two weeks, notify the TE Office. Also notify us of the start of employment with your latest daily allowance application.
If you retire on an old-age pension or have been granted another benefit that prevents you from receiving the daily allowance, please notify us at the latest in connection with your last application for a daily allowance. If you wish, you can retire on an old-age pension already after the age of 62, if you have been paid a daily allowance for additional days.
You will need a certificate for the pension company from the fund about the additional days paid. Ask for a certificate when you are applying for a daily allowance for the month before your pension. We cannot write the certificate earlier, because the pension company needs information about the additional days of the month preceding the pension.
Send the decision on granting the pension to us either through eServices or by post. You do not need to send a new decision annually on the size of the pension resulting from indexation. The data is submitted to us directly from the Incomes Register. If you receive a partial early old-age pension, the decision on granting the pension does not need to be sent to us. A partial early old-age pension does not affect the payment of an earnings-related daily allowance.
If you fall ill and your illness lasts more than ten days, you can claim sickness allowance from Kela. Report your illness via an application. Also indicate on the application whether you have claimed sickness allowance from Kela. The waiting period for qualifying for sickness allowance is the first day of illness plus the following nine days (including Saturdays). In the event of an accident or the same illness within 30 days, the waiting period is one day.
We can pay an earnings-related daily allowance for the waiting period of the sickness allowance if you have received unemployment benefit just before the illness. Read more about falling ill during unemployment here.
You can provide a new account number in eServices, notify it in your application or send it in writing by post. You cannot provide a new account number over the phone.
Information on children
Please inform us of the dates of birth of your dependent children under the age of 18 for which you are applying for a child increase. You can receive a child increase retroactively for a maximum of three months. For a child under the age of 18 living in the same household (of your cohabiting partner or spouse), you are entitled to a child increase from the date on which you move. If you separate, please notify us without delay. You are entitled to a child increase for your own dependent child until the child reaches the age of 18.
You can notify us of a change of address or a new phone number in eServices, by entering the information in the additional information section of the follow-up application or by calling the service number.
If the earned income you receive is less than the standard entitlement, the income you receive does not affect the amount of the daily allowance. The amount of the standard entitlement is 300 euros for a one-month application period or 279 euros for a four-week application period.
If your income exceeds the amount of standard entitlement during the application period, the excess will reduce the amount of an earnings-related daily allowance. In this case, half of the salary income in excess of the standard entitlement amount you received during the application period will be deducted from the full daily allowance.
The wage income you receive during the period of unemployment affects the earnings-related daily allowance when the wages are actually paid to you. This is known as the payment-based adjustment of the daily allowance.
The adjusted daily allowance is also paid during the application period for the days when you are working. You can calculate an indicative estimate of the amount of adjusted daily allowance using the daily allowance calculator.
Example Your full earnings-related daily allowance is 60 euros per day. You start part-time employment, for which you will receive a salary of 600 euros per month. Since the salary is paid monthly, the application period is one calendar month. Half of the salary exceeding the standard entitlement amount affects the amount of an earnings-related daily allowance (600 – 300) x 0.5 = 150. This amount, 150 euros, is divided by 21.5, which is the calculated number of working days per month. This will result in a reduction in the daily allowance of 6.98 euros per day. The adjusted daily allowance is therefore 60 – 6.98 = 53.02 euros per day and is paid for each working day of the adjustment period.
You can receive an adjusted daily allowance if your working hours do not exceed 80 % of the working time in full-time employment:
Working hours are taken into account based on the time of payment of wages.
Example You start working part-time in July. Your salary will be paid to you on 15 August 2022. The working time of a full-time employee in the sector is 40 hours per week. 80% of the maximum working time in the sector is 137.60 hours in a calendar month. You worked 140 hours in July, meaning you have exceeded your working hours. Your August application for the period from 1–31 August 2022 will be rejected based on the hours worked in July. For the July application, you will be paid a full daily allowance if you have not received any wage income during July.
You will receive a full daily allowance for unemployed days if
You will receive an adjusted daily allowance if
The total salary you receive for work and the adjusted daily allowance may not exceed the salary on which the daily allowance is based, if the income to be adjusted exceeds the exempt amount during the application period.
You can calculate an indicative estimate of the amount of the adjusted daily allowance using the daily allowance calculator.
The amount of the full daily allowance and the adjusted daily allowance affects how the maximum period of time is accrued, when the adjusted daily allowance is paid.
The adjusted daily allowance accrues more slowly the maximum time of earning-related daily allowance of 300–500 days than the days of full daily allowance.
When you receive an adjusted daily allowance, the calculator accumulates days according to the amount paid. When the adjusted daily allowance has been paid corresponding to the full amount of the full daily allowance, one day is accumulated on the calculator.
Example If your full daily allowance is 40 euros per day and your adjusted daily allowance is 33.70 euros per day, the maximum time calculator will accrue days from a four-calendar-week application (20 days x 33.70 euros): 40.00 = 16.85, that is, 17 days. When calculating the maximum payment period, the amount paid as an adjusted daily allowance is converted into full earnings-related allowance days.
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