The purpose of mobility assistance is to encourage jobseekers to accept jobs further from home. Mobility assistance is for covering the costs of relocation or commuting.
You may qualify for mobility assistance if:
- you are entitled to a daily allowance immediately before the beginning of your employment relationship (even during a suspension period or employment requirement imposed by a TE Office, or the 5-day waiting period),
- your new employment relationship has a duration of at least 2 months,
- your daily commute to and from work is more than 2 (3) hours* altogether for full-time employment, or more than 2 hours altogether for part-time employment,
- you participate in a training related to an employment lasting for a minimum of 2 months. In order to receive mobility assistance for the training, the travel to and from work should take more than 3 hours a day (for a full-time job) or 2 hours (for a part-time job)
*Please note that temporarily the time limit of 2 hours also applies to full-time work. See the bulletin
Mobility assistance cannot be paid during a temporary layoff.
Even if you are not yet entitled to an earnings-related daily allowance, for instance because of a waiting period, you must apply for a daily allowance in addition to mobility assistance, so that the KOKO fund can investigate whether you are entitled to the daily allowance and to mobility assistance. The commuting time is considered to include transfers between means of transport and the related waiting times, but not things like taking children to daycare.
Means of transport
The commute is calculated based on the fastest transportation device on hand. The commuting time is calculated by public transportation if you do not own a car, and by car if you own one. You do not need to buy a car to be eligible for mobility assistance.
Applying for mobility assistance
Mobility assistance can be applied for in a retrospective period of 3 months. You should therefore apply for mobility assistance no later than 3 months after the beginning of the employment relationship.
Amount and duration of mobility assistance
Mobility assistance amounts to €33.78 per day, or about €726 per month. Mobility assistance is a taxable benefit.
Mobility assistance can be paid with a child support supplement. The child support supplement is paid for children under the age of 18. The amount of the child support supplement is
5,30 euros for one child
7,78 euros for two children
10,03 euros for three or more children
The amount of the child support supplement is defined by how many children you have when you start to receive mobility assistance.
You can be paid an increased mobility assistance if your working place is located further than 200 kilometers away from your previous place of residence. The increased component is 4,80 euros per day.
Assistance is paid for a maximum of 5 days per week, beginning when the employment relationship begins. The period for which mobility assistance is paid depends on the duration of the employment as follows:
|Minimum duration of employment||Amount of paid days|
|2 months||30 day|
|3 months||45 days|
|4 months||60 days|
Mobility assistance is paid retrospectively per payment period. The payment period starts from the beginning of the employment relationship.
If you are working part-time, the mobility assistance is only paid for the working days. The employment is considered part-time if your working time is not more than 80% of the maximum working hours of a full-time employee.
Even if you apply for mobility allowance for the entire period beforehand, it will be paid retrospectively per payment period, the first payment period being 2 weeks and the next ones 4 weeks each.