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If your company has to cut jobs, you can use transfer measures to help your employees find a new employer and avoid becoming unemployed. The employment agency contributes a share of the costs.

As an employer, you intend a change in operations with permanent job cuts. You and the works representation (works council) take part in a transfer consultation with the Federal Employment Agency and apply for funding to participate in transfer measures for your affected employees. You then receive a grant from the Federal Employment Agency for transfer measures. The subsidized measures are intended to help integrate your former employees into other companies or facilitate their transition to self-employment.

You can apply for funding for the following measures:

  • Measures, such as tests, to determine the performance capability, labor market opportunities and qualification needs of the workforce ("profiling")
  • Application or orientation seminars that offer targeted help with applications and job searches
  • External placement ("outplacement consulting")
  • Short qualification measures, for example practical manual training without theory or
  • Teaching basic skills for a new occupation
  • Internships
  • Continuation of training for apprentices
  • Business start-up consulting (self-employment)

The Federal Employment Agency pays 50 percent of the costs of transfer measures, up to a maximum of EUR 2,500 per employee.

As an employer, you initially pay for the transfer measures in advance. The subsidy is paid to you retroactively.

You can apply for transfer measures for employees whose jobs are permanently eliminated.

Once you have received financial support for a transfer measure, you can usually also apply for transfer short-time allowance for your employees. Ask your employment agency for advice on this.

  • Application for funding for participation in transfer measures
  • Social plan Reconciliation of interests or comparable agreement
  • Personnel adjustment concept
  • Project calculation
  • List of participants
  • Agreement on operational change and implementation of transfer measures
  • Measure concept
  • Declaration of the executing agency that the implementation of the measure is secured
  • After completion of transfer measures: Settlement list for funding participation in transfer measures.

If necessary, further required documents will be requested from your employment agency.

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: No


Minimum requirements:

  • In order to receive subsidies for transfer measures in your company, you must first complete a transfer consultation with the Employment Agency.

Company requirements:

  • Due to changes in your company, you have to reduce jobs.
  • The job losses in your company are permanent and unavoidable.
  • You have reported the job loss to your employment agency.
  • You bear 50 percent of the costs of the measure.

Personal requirements:

  • Your employees are threatened with unemployment and have registered as job seekers.
  • You have not yet given notice to your affected employees subject to social insurance contributions and have not concluded a termination agreement.

Further prerequisites:

  • The transfer measure you have applied for is not carried out by you, but by an approved measure provider. This organization must have its own quality assurance system.
  • The measure will be carried out in any case.
  • Your transfer measure does not serve to subsequently re-employ the employee in your company, enterprise or group.

Related Links

  • § 110 Sozialgesetzbuch Drittes Buch (SGB III)

Related Links

  • Informationen, Merkblätter und Formulare zu Transfermaßnahmen und Transfer-Kurzarbeitergeld
  • Merkblatt der Bundesagentur für Arbeit zum Thema Transferleistungen

You can apply for transfer measures in writing. The application procedure is multi-stage. First, you contact your employment agency for a transfer consultation. Then you submit the written application and settle the measure costs in writing:

  • Report the impending job loss to your employment agency.
  • You discuss the suitable transfer measures with your employment agency in a transfer consultation.
  • You then submit an application for funding of the transfer measures (form: Application for funding of participation in transfer measures).
  • The employment agency will review the application and you will receive a written decision.
  • After the measure has been carried out, you apply for payment of the subsidies with a settlement list.
    • You fill out the corresponding application (Form: Settlement List for the Promotion of Participation in Transfer Measures) and submit it to your office of the Employment Agency.
    • The Employment Agency will check the settlement. You will receive a written decision on this. Approved subsidies will be transferred to you.

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