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If you receive unemployment benefit II and would like to improve your employability, you can be assigned to a work opportunity by the job centre.

Have you been unemployed for a long time, possibly with health problems, and would like to get back on your feet professionally? As a recipient of unemployment benefit II, you have the opportunity to carry out an activity that prepares you for employment on the labour market.

The activities to be performed must be non-competitive and in the public interest.

A work opportunity can only be considered if your integration into the labour market cannot be achieved with other benefits. As a rule, a work opportunity lasts up to 24 months. It can be extended by up to 12 months.

Work opportunities are carried out by a suitable measure provider. This can be, for example, an educational institution, charitable and public welfare-oriented companies, but also a non-profit association.

The working hours are determined by the job centre on a case-by-case basis.

Your contact person at the Job Centre will assign you a work opportunity. In addition to your Unemployment Benefit II, you will receive additional compensation, for example, for additional travel costs or work clothes. The amount of the additional expenses allowance is based on the actual expenses incurred as a result of participation in the work opportunity. You will only receive the additional expenses allowance for hours in which you have actually performed work, i.e. not for periods of illness, holidays, weekends and public holidays.

You are insured against accidents through your measure provider.

If you receive benefits in kind from your own resources, such as a monthly bus or train ticket, your additional expenses allowance will be reduced accordingly. If you receive additional cash benefits from the measure provider, these will be considered as income and offset against your unemployment benefit II.

The costs necessary for the implementation of the work opportunities will be reimbursed to your measure provider.

The decision about a work opportunity is at the discretion of your job centre. You do not have a legal claim to this support.


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Online procedure possible: no
Written form required: no
Personal appearance required: no


You can be assigned to a work opportunity if

  • this benefit is necessary for your integration into work and no other benefit can be considered for you in order to bring you into the labour market, and
  • you have not been assigned to work opportunities for more than 24 months within the last 5 years.

The work opportunity must

  • be additional, i.e. the work to be done would not be carried out without the support, would not be carried out to this extent or would only be carried out at a later date.
  • be in the public interest. In other words, the work must serve the general public, not commercial interests or a limited group of people.
  • be competition-neutral, i.e. it must not displace or prevent any regular employment relationship.

Related Links

  • § 16d Sozialgesetzbuch Zweites Buch (SGB II)

Related Links

  • Informationen zum Thema "Jobchancen verbessern, Arbeit finden" auf der Internetseite der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
  • Beispiel für erfolgreiche Eingliederung in den Arbeitsmarkt durch Arbeitsgelegenheit auf der Internetseite der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
  • Fachliche Weisungen der Bundesagentur für Arbeit zum Thema Arbeitsgelegenheiten
  • Informationen zu Leistungen zur Eingliederung in Arbeit auf der Internetseite des Bundesarbeitsministeriums

You will receive a job opportunity from your contact person at the Job Centre.

  • Your contact person will explain the type, scope and duration of the work and tell you who you will be working for. Your interests will also be taken into account.
  • You will also be informed of the details of the work opportunity in writing.

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