Short-time working benefit also possible for temporary work, until the end of the year

The Federal Government has passed a resolution for simplified access to short-time work and now additionally stipulated that temporary workers can be similarly supported from 1 October 2022 until 31 December 2022.

30 Sep 2022 | Press release no.42

The following applies: until 31 December 2022 it will continue to suffice if in businesses at least ten percent of the employees have a loss of working hours of more than ten percent. In addition, the building up of negative working hours balances will be dispensed with. These facilitations of access also cover businesses which from 1 October 2022 have to register short-time work for the first time or have to re-register short-time work after an interruption of at least three months.

The following remains unchanged: only if the short-time work is combined with vocational training which fulfils specific requirements, will half of the social security contributions be reimbursed for the lost working hours up until July 2023 at the latest.

Key information on the short-time allowance and on training during periods of short-time work is available on the website of the Federal Employment Agency:

Information for companies about short-time working benefit (Available in German)

Financial support for further training and education (Available in German)

Overview of the regulations in general

 Most recent time limit: up to 30 June 2022From 1 July 2022
Benefit durationUp to 28 months, until 30 June 2022 at the latest.Up to 12 months
Benefit amount

From the 4th month of benefit:
70/77* percent of the lost net wages if there is a loss of wages at least 50 percent

From the 7th month of benefit:
80/87* percent of the lost net wages if there is a loss of wages of at least 50 percent

*Employees with at least 1 child

60/67* percent of the lost net wages

*Employees with at least 1 child

Mini-jobAdditional earnings from minor employment remain exemptAdditional earnings from minor employment that is commenced during short-time working is not exempt