If you have been registered as unemployed for six months or more and find work more than 30 kilometres from your home (except for Greater Tallinn; see note*), the Unemployment Insurance Fund can pay you mobility benefits to commence work.
Mobility benefits can be paid if you start work or public service under a contract entered into for an unspecified term or for a specified term of at least six months.
Mobility benefits are paid during the first four working months as of commencement of work or public service. In the case of an employment or service relationship entered into for an unspecified term, we pay the benefits for half of the duration of the employment or service relationship, but for no more than four months as of the commencement of work or service.
To apply for mobility benefits, submit to the Unemployment Insurance Fund an application before the start date of the employment relationship. (As an exception, you can submit the application within seven days of the commencement of the employment relationship.) The application form can be found in the information box on the right-hand side. Together with the application you must submit a document issued by the employer (an employment contract or a certificate prepared in a freely chosen form) which shows the start date of your employment relationship (and in the case of a contract entered into for a specified term, the end date as well) and the address of the workplace.
In order for your benefits to be calculated, you must submit, every month, a certificate issued by the employer regarding the number of days you worked in the position. The certificate form can be found in the information box on the right-hand side.
The benefits are paid in the amount of 10 cents per kilometre, up to a maximum of 200 euros per month (including income tax withheld from benefits). The mobility benefits are paid on the basis of the employer’s certificate. The benefits are calculated for each working day attended on the basis of two times the shortest distance between the workplace and your actual place of residence. The distance is calculated on the basis of a Regio map.
Further information is available from your consultant.
* No mobility benefits are granted to residents of Greater Tallinn (i.e. Tallinn, Harku municipality, Saue and Saue municipality, Saku municipality, Kiili municipality, Rae municipality, Jõelähtme municipality, Maardu and Viimsi municipality) for commuting within the same area.
The labour market service is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union by regulation No. 222 of the Minister of Health and Labour of 4 December 2014 on the basis of ‘Provision of labour market services to facilitate employment opportunities’ .