New competence for the work community through a job alternation leave

A job alternation leave benefits many parties concerned

  • An unemployed jobseeker is given an opportunity to gain work experience in a fixed-term employment relationship
  • Employers can obtain new competence for the work community
  • It promotes the employee's well-being

The employer and the employee jointly agree on the employee's job alternation leave. An unemployed jobseeker must be recruited to replace the employee on leave, but the duties do not necessarily have to be the same.

The person recruited as a substitute for the job alternation leave must be registered as an unemployed jobseeker at the TE Office. The substitute recruited for the position shall be a person who:

  • has been registered as an unemployed jobseeker with the TE Office for a minimum of 90 days during the 14 months preceding the substitution or
  • is under the age of 30 and has graduated with a vocational or higher education degree less than a year ago or
  • is under the age of 25 or over the age of 55 at the start of the job alternation period.

Read more about job alternation leave and its terms and conditions

Job alternation leave

An unemployed jobseeker who is a customer of the local government pilot on employment can also be hired as substitute for job alternation leave if the requirements are met. 

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