From June 6, 2022, the Employment Agency started the implementation of the project “Solidarity”, funded by the Operational Program “Human Resources Development” 2014-2020. It will provide timely support for rapid labor integration of displaced persons from Ukraine with guaranteed access to the labor market, who arrived in Bulgaria after 24.02.2022. The grant under the project amounts to BGN 46,594,860.
By joining the project, Ukrainian citizens will have the opportunity to:
• receiving psychological support, vocational guidance, employment counseling and motivation to start work;
• inclusion in subsidized full-time or part-time employment on the basis of a minimum wage for a period of up to 3 months;
• receiving support at the workplace through a mentor provided by the employer;
• receiving an integration supplement, including rental costs, overheads and internet in the amount of BGN 356.00 per month for a period of up to 3 months.
In order to benefit from these services, Ukrainian citizens should register with the Labor Office Directorates, which are located throughout the country, and apply there on the spot.
Employers wishing to join the Solidarity project and hire people from the target group will be able to apply for inclusion in the project only through an electronic platform. The platform is available here.
During the period of subsidized employment, they will receive funds for remuneration of employed Ukrainians in the amount of the minimum wage (BGN 710.00) and due insurance at the expense of employers, as well as incentives covering the costs of all due contributions at the expense of the employer, according to the requirements of the Labor Code and the Social Security Code – for the remaining employed persons after the period of subsidized employment, calculated on the established for the country minimum wage.
Detailed information about the conditions of the project can be found on the official website of the Employment Agency – here, as well as in all Directorates “Labor Office” in the country.