A total of 9,150 unemployed will start working under Regional Employment Programs


The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy has started the procedure for preparation of regional employment programs for 2022, by inviting the Employment Commissions to the regional development councils for their development. This year, they are expected to create 9,150 jobs for unemployed youth, people over the age of 50, people with disabilities, the long-term unemployed and the low-skilled.

Employers not only from the public but also from the private sector will be able to participate in the programs. They will also be able to provide employment for people enjoying temporary protection. The employment of the unemployed on a full or part-time basis for a period of 3 to 6 months will be subsidized.

The number of people who will start working on regional programs is more than 3 times higher than last year. Their employment will be financed under the National Employment Action Plan, which provides for BGN 48 million to provide jobs for the unemployed from disadvantaged groups in the labor market. In this way, the state will support both vulnerable people and businesses and administrations in regions experiencing difficulties due to the protracted COVID crisis. The increased financial resources will make it possible through the programs to create jobs in a larger number of settlements.

The aim of the regional employment programs is to reduce local unemployment and regional disparities in labor supply and demand.

Each regional administration can submit to the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy for approval only one regional employment program. The deadline for applications is May 20. The specific requirements and parameters that need to be met by the district administrations are sent to each Employment Commission. The conditions are also published on the website of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy - in the section "Policies" - "Employment" - "Employment programs and projects" (https://www.mlsp.government.bg/programi-i-proekti- for-employment).