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Public work and community work


Lisatud 27.04.2016 | Uuendatud 28.03.2018

If you want to do temporary paid work, which does not require vocational, special or professional training, while registered as unemployed, inquiry about public work from your consultant at the Unemployment Insurance Fund. 

If you like to contribute to the work of the community, be active and find new friends, you might want to participate in community work while registered as unemployed. The community work service is provided in the framework of the “Let’s do it!” initiative. For more information on the terms and conditions of service, contact your Unemployment Insurance Fund consultant. 

You will be paid at least a minimum hourly wage, i.e. € 2.97 per hour in 2018, for participation in public work and the remuneration is paid by the organizer of the public work, which is usually a local government. Unlike in the case of other forms of work, your registration as unemployed will not end due to participation in public work.

You can do public work for up to 10 working days and 50 hours per month, and no more than 25 hours a week. If the organizer of the public work wishes to hire you for a longer period, you must conclude an employment contract and inform the Unemployment Insurance Fund that you will be starting work.

In the framework of community work, you can do all kinds of activities that need to be performed in your village, town or neighbourhood.

Participants in community work are entitled to receive commuting and accommodation benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The payment is based on a community work organiser’s confirmation of your participation in the community work in the form of a participation sheet. Ask for a participation sheet from your consultant.

The labour market service provided for individuals with decreased working ability is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union by regulation No. 57 of the Minister of Social Protection and the Minister of Health and Labour of 27 March 2015 on the basis of Provision of labour market services to the target group of work reforms”.

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