“Very, very expensive”: the federal government has so far disbursed € 18 billion for short-term work on the Crown crisis.
Berlin (dpa) – According to Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD), this year around € 18 billion was spent on short-term jobs during the Crown crisis.
The instrument was “very, very expensive,” said the SPD politician in the Bundestag. “But getting used to mass unemployment would be economically and socially more expensive for this country,” he added. The reason was the debate on the final vote on the extension of the special rules of the crown on short-time work until the end of next year. In 2021, employees who work part-time for more than three months should receive higher benefits for part-time work.
The regulation specifically stipulates that the subsidy for reduced-time work will continue to increase from its usual level of 60 percent of wages to 70 percent from the fourth reference month, for people with children from 67 to 77 percent. Starting from the seventh month of reduced-time work, there must still be 80 or 87 percent of salary. All employees who are sent to work on reduced time before the end of March 2021 should benefit from this. Mini jobs up to € 450 will generally remain credit-free until the end of 2021.