Labor Related Incentives

Please note:

Detailed information on the below mentioned subsidy programs are available in German language only (all links lead to German explanations). The applications for all of these funds have to be done completely in German language. So, if you need any further information or need help with the application, please do not hesitate to get in contact (see footer of this page) with us. We will help you or at least make contact to the right partners for your project.


The labor administrations provide assistance and support in recruiting and selecting suitable personnel. If so desired, for example, all incoming applications can be collected and a preselection can be made according to the needs and requirements of the respective employer.

In addition, it is possible to benefit from diverse funding programs for unemployed persons; the most popular choices are Eingliederungszuschüsse [Integration Subsidies] and Maßnahmen bei einem Arbeitgeber [Measures with an Employer] (MAG). The amount and duration of the subsidies depend on the individual case and are determined, for example, by the duration of unemployment and the individual prerequisites of the employee as well as the requirements of the respective workplace.

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The Employment Agencies may subsidize certified continued training and education measures which are conducted within the scope of an existing employment relationship while the payment of the employee’s remunerations continues. Financial support is also possible for newly employed persons with few qualifications. It is essential to impart knowledge that can be used on the labor market. Not included is financial support for any qualifications which the employer is legally obligated to provide.

To the Employment Agency


If new employees are to be optimally qualified or long-term employees of a company are to be prepared for new tasks and duties, then the “Weiterbildungsscheck,” a free voucher for continued education and training, might be a useful instrument.

Eligible to the requisite subsidies are continued education and training measures in companies, particularly with the following objectives:

  • Qualifications in conjunction with the creation of new jobs and the development of new markets
  • Retaining the employability as well as upgrading the qualification of employees
  • Adjusting employers to new challenges, for example, with regard to corporate management tasks, safeguarding a sustainable pool of skilled employees, or implementing new technologies
  • Preparing company successions
  • In depth education and training programs for apprentices undergoing in company vocational training
  • Qualifications designed to improve environmental and resource protection in the work process

The subsidies are paid project-specific as a grant for eligible expenditures, irrespective of, for example, any investment grants. The requisite qualification measures can also be conducted abroad.

Detailed information (German)


The purpose of this funding is to strengthen the human resource base for R&D and innovation in SMEs.

Eligible to the requisite subsidies is the employment of junior R&D scientists as “Innovation Assistants” as well as highly qualified researchers and engineers as “Senior InnoExperts.” These staff members address innovative, technology-oriented topics. In addition, the employment of junior staff members as “InnoManagers” or professionally experienced personnel with leadership experience as “Senior InnoManagers” is also eligible to subsidies – for the establishment or expansion of corporate innovation management.

Detailed information (German)

Collaborative Education and Training (ESF)

Due to their size or specialization, it is often difficult for small and medium sized enterprises to independently safeguard and assure the education and training of skilled employees. Yet there’s one thing these enterprises can provide: Collaborative education and training. With the support program “Verbundausbildung” [Collaborative Education and Training], it is possible for Saxony’s companies with up to 500 employees to impart the requisite knowledge and skills through cooperating enterprises or educational facilities and, thus, cover the entire spectrum of professional education and vocational training.


Detailed information (German)

Additional Qualifications (ESF)

The funding program “Zusatzqualifikationen” [Additional Qualifications] promotes educational programs which are designed to increase the professional competence, expertise, and degree of specialization of apprentices and, thus, improve their chances on the labor market. Subsidies are primarily granted for measures revolving around the acquisition of branch-related and technical knowledge as well as IT competences.


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Individual Job Entry Assistance within the Scope of the “JobPerspektive Sachsen” (ESF)

The funding program “Individuelle Einstiegsbegleitung” [Individual Job Entry Assistance] supports projects which prepare the long-term unemployed in getting a job on the 1st labor market, integrate them into employment relationships which are subject to social insurance contributions, and further assist participants with the requisite job placements after they started to work.


Detailed information (German)

QAB – Qualification of Unemployed Persons in Obtaining an Acknowledged Vocational Degree (ESF)

The QAB program supports the qualification of unemployed and disadvantaged persons who normally have no vocational degree and/or a vocational degree which is of no value on the labor market so that they can obtain an acknowledged vocational degree or target-oriented partial qualifications.


Detailed information (German)

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