Entering into an employment reintegration contract as a job seeker

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In order to help the most vulnerable populations find employment, i.e. job seekers aged 45 or over, employees with reduced work capacity and disabled workers, the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi - ADEM) can, under certain circumstances, propose that a job reintegration contract is entered into with an employer.

The aim of this contract, which alternates between practical and theoretical training, is not only to enable job seekers to provide employers with a practical demonstration of their skills and abilities, but also to help them acquire new skills.

The employment reintegration contract is concluded for a duration of 12 months.

Who is concerned?

The employment reintegration contract is concluded by ADEM, the job seeker and the employer.

This type of contract can be signed by job seekers:

Employers wishing to enter into an employment reintegration contract must be in a position to offer real job prospects at the end of the contract.


Job seekers must be registered with the ADEM for at least one month before they are eligible to sign an employment reintegration contract.

How to proceed

Duration of the contract

The employment reintegration contract is concluded for a duration of 12 months.

If the contract is signed following a professionalisation internship, the duration of the internship is taken into account in the 12-month contract.

If the employer or the job seeker wants to terminate the contract before its contractual end, the initiating party must submit a written and fully reasoned request to ADEM and first obtain their approval before the contract can be terminated.

Conclusion of the contract

Employers who wish to enter into such a contract with a job seeker can:

Job seekers cannot refuse, without a valid reason (example of a valid reason: the contract does not meet the suitable work criteria), to enter into an employment reintegration contract offered by ADEM, or else they may incur the sanctions stipulated by law.

The employer appoints a mentor who is responsible for assisting and guiding the job seeker throughout the employment reintegration contract. In the first month following the signing of the contract, the business, the mentor and the job seeker prepare a training plan, one copy of which must be sent to ADEM's Employer services.

During the contract, the job seeker is entitled to 2 days of leave per month.

If a change should occur during the performance of the contract, the employer must inform ADEM by any means (telephone, email, fax, post, etc.).

Job seekers who are doing night work, who work overtime or on public holidays and Sundays are subject to applicable legal regulations.

Payment of an allowance

Job seekers who do not receive unemployment benefit receive an allowance equal to the social minimum wage for unskilled workers.

People who receive unemployment benefits, a bridging allowance, an occupational bridging allowance, an occupational bridging pension or the allowance for severely disabled persons:

  • retain the benefit of that income; and
  • receive an additional monthly allowance of EUR 374.59 (at the current index value) paid by ADEM.

If the amount received under the benefits or income listed above is below the level of the social minimum wage for unskilled workers, the job seeker receives:

  • an allowance equal to the social minimum wage for unskilled workers; and
  • the allowance of EUR 374.59 per month (at the current index value) paid by ADEM.

Each month, the employer will send ADEM a record of attendance for the payment of the allowance.

Employers who wish to do so can also pay the job seeker a performance bonus. Such bonuses form an integral part of the job seeker's allowance and, as such, are liable for tax.

End of the contract

The employer informs ADEM, in writing, of the job seeker's employment opportunities within the company.

If either the job seeker or the employer wishes to terminate the employment reintegration contract, the ADEM must be informed in advance of the desire to terminate the contract. The ADEM will verify the grounds for termination and, where applicable, will give its approval.

Hiring the job seeker

If the job seeker is hired at the end of the employment reintegration contract, the duration of the latter, plus that of any professionalisation training, is considered as a trial period.

Please note that jobseekers are entitled to re-employment support if they meet the various conditions.

Job seekers who are not hired

If the job seeker is not hired at the end of the employment reintegration contract, the employer must provide the ADEM with a document listing the competencies acquired during the contract, as well as any shortcomings identified.

The job seeker is then advised to contact their ADEM guidance counsellor to decide on what future actions to take.

If the employer subsequently decides to hire staff, they must give priority to the former beneficiary of the employment reintegration contract, provided that the required qualifications and profile match, and that the contract has expired no more than 3 months prior to the hiring.

The employer is then required to inform the job seeker in a timely manner. The job seeker has 8 days to give their decision.

If a job seeker refuses to follow up a job offer, their refusal may be considered as a refusal of suitable work, which could expose the job seeker to legal sanctions provided for by law.

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Who to contact

Employer Services

National Employment Agency

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