Hiring assistance is still available for a few months



Since last summer, the government has granted financial aid of several thousand euros to employers who recruit young people under the age of 26 or who conclude apprenticeship contracts or professionalization contracts. This financial assistance, which was due to end on March 31, 2021, is being extended by a few months given the current economic crisis.

Hire a young person under 26

Employers who recruit a young person under the age of 26 on an open-ended contract (CDI) or on a fixed-term contract (CDD) of at least 3 months can benefit from assistance in the amount of € 4,000 maximum for employment contracts concluded since 1er August 2020.

This aid, which was only foreseen until the end of March 2021, will finally be granted to employment contracts concluded until May 31, 2021. Be careful, however, because its conditions of granting are modified as from the 1er April 2021.

Thus, for employment contracts concluded from 1er August 2020 to March 31, 2021, aid is granted if the employee’s remuneration provided for in the contract is less than or equal to twice the hourly amount of the minimum wage (i.e. € 20.50 gross). But, for contracts concluded between 1er April and May 31, 2021, aid is granted only if the remuneration provided for in the contract does not exceed 1.6 times the hourly amount of the minimum wage (i.e. € 16.40 gross).

In practice: this assistance must be requested within 4 months of the employee taking up their duties via the teleservice of the Services and Payment Agency.

In addition, the aid granted for the hiring within the framework of a frank job of a young person of less than 26 years old residing in a priority district of the policy of the city is temporarily revalued for the employment contracts concluded between the October 15, 2020 and May 31, 2021.

It therefore amounts, for a full-time job, to 17,000 € over 3 years for a permanent recruitment and to 8,000 € over 2 years for a recruitment on a fixed-term contract of at least 6 months (against, in normal times , € 15,000 over 3 years for a CDI or € 5,000 over 2 years for a CDD).

In practice: the employer must submit his request for assistance to Pôle emploi within 3 months of the date of signature of the employment contract.

Hire a young person on a work-study basis

The exceptional aid granted to employers who hire young people under an apprenticeship or professionalization contract is extended until the end of the year.

The following contracts concluded between the 1er March and December 31, 2021:
– apprenticeship contracts concluded in a company with less than 250 employees in order to prepare a title or a diploma ranging from a Bac + 2 to a master (BTS, license, etc.);
– apprenticeship contracts concluded in a company with at least 250 employees in order to prepare a title or a diploma ranging from CAP to Masters (Bac, BTS, license, etc.);
– professionalization contracts concluded with a young person under 30 years of age to prepare a title or a diploma ranging from CAP to master, to obtain a qualification giving right to a branch or inter-branch professional qualification certificate or to acquire defined skills by the employer, the skills operator and the employee.

Note: the maximum amount of aid is 5,000 € for the recruitment of an employee under 18 and 8,000 € for that of an adult employee.

In addition, the government is upgrading the single apprenticeship aid reserved for companies with fewer than 250 employees for contracts intended to prepare a diploma at most equivalent to the baccalaureate. Thus, for the first year of the contract, this aid is fixed, in principle, at a maximum of € 4,125. For contracts concluded between 1er March and December 31, 2021, it amounts to a maximum of € 5,000 for the recruitment of a minor apprentice and € 8,000 for that of a major apprentice.

In practice: the employer does not have to take any special steps to request this help. All he has to do is send the apprenticeship or professionalization contract to his skills operator (ex-OPCA) within 5 working days of the start of its execution.

Decree n ° 2021-363 of March 31, 2021, JO of April 1

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