Losing the job is a big personal and financial cut for many people. With the 165 euro job there is a possibility to increase the unemployment benefit by a side job a little bit. Especially for families, the reduced income is often a problem and even small amounts can help. However, there are some rules that beneficiaries of unemployment benefits should follow to be on the safe side and not to lose any claims.
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As a recipient of Unemployment Benefit I, you are entitled to work for up to 15 hours per week. But be careful: the limit is exactly 15 hours, so you have to be guided by 14 hours and 59 minutes of weekly working hours. Because once the limit is reached, you lose your entitlement to unemployment benefits. You may even have to make repayments. In addition, the part-time job has to be reported to the Employment Agency at the latest at the beginning of the job.
It is important to keep in mind that the net income that you earn with the part-time job will be deducted from your unemployment benefit. There is an allowance of 165 euros. If you earn 400 euros, 235 euros will be deducted from your benefits. As a result of the part-time job, you can have a maximum of 165 euros more available than with your regular unemployment benefit. This is the name 165-Euro-Job.
For recipients of unemployment benefit II, however, apply a different set of rules: The time scale of the job is insignificant here, the limit of 15 hours does not apply. In addition, the allowance granted is at least 100 euros a month. If you earn between 100 and 1,000 euros gross per month, in addition to the allowance, 20 per cent of your gross wage is still free and will not be deducted from the unemployment benefit. If you earn between 1,000 and 1,200 euros (or 1,500 euros for needs communities with a child) you will receive an additional 10 percent exemption. The advice of an expert will help you in case of doubt and clarify you about any applicable special rules.
A 165-euro job is therefore also gladly seen and supported by the employment agency, because he can serve as a preparation for a new entry into the profession. It may be that a secondary employment develops into a permanent position. And even if this is not the case, the Nebenjobber remains through his job in a regular professional life and may even work in his original professional field. Nevertheless, it is particularly important not to lose sight of the search for a stable job and to continue to seek a new job.
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