Work abroad

You may work abroad or search for a job in the EU area without losing your entitlement to unemployment security. This is not a comprehensive rule, however, so please read the instructions on working abroad and on membership of the KOKO fund on the website carefully before leaving for work abroad.

The shorthand term ‘EU area’ used here includes the EU, the EEA countries, and Switzerland.

Brexit and its impact on unemployment security

The UK has entered into a partnership agreement with the EU, which will remain in force for the next 15 years. The transfer of periods of employment and insurance between the UK and the EU will continue, and job seeking is still permitted under certain conditions. Read more: Work carried out in the UK continues to be acknowledged when claiming unemployment allowance