Prerequisites for receiving earnings-related daily allowance while working and being paid

Earned income received during unemployment affects the amount of earnings-related daily allowance, as the amount earnings-related daily allowance is adjusted based on the amount of income. This is called adjusted daily allowance. Adjusted daily allowance equalises the difference in income between full-time employment and part-time employment or short-term work, for example. Adjusted daily allowance can be paid in the following situations: 

  • Your daily working hours have been reduced due to a lay-off or you have both full and partial days of lay-off during the same calendar week
  • Paid employment, business activities or self-employment last no more than two weeks
  • You are working part-time. However, adjusted daily allowance cannot be paid if you choose to work part-time even though your employer would offer you full-time work.
  • You have income from part-time business activities or self-employment (the TE Office determines whether the activities are full-time or part-time in nature). 

In order to receive adjusted daily allowance, your working hours must not exceed 80 percent of full-time employment in the sector during a review period of four weeks or one month. Working hours of full-time work of up to two weeks and part-time work are allocated to the application period (4 weeks or a month) during which the income is paid. For example, if you start part-time employment in January and the hours you worked in January are not paid until February, the working hours are taken into account when calculating your daily allowance for February. If you are laid off your working time is reviewed per calendar week. 
A prerequisite for the payment of adjusted daily allowance is that working hours must be reliably monitored. If you work from home on commission pay it is usually not possible to receive adjusted daily allowance even if your income is low. You are not entitled to adjusted daily allowance based on low income alone.
Adjusted daily allowance is paid for five days per week, including workdays. You must be registered as a jobseeker with the TE Office and look for full-time employment.