The Government of Brussels decided on Friday to double the amount allocated to its policy of diversity in public service, increasing to 1.5 million euros its 2017 budgetary allocation for administrations that employ job seekers from neighbourhoods with significant levels of unemployment, the Region’s Secretary of State for the Public Service, Fadila Laanan, announced. Public institutions in the Brussels Region which, for contract work, employ a minimum of 20% of jobseekers from areas with unemployment rates equal to or above the national average will have their subsidies increased from 3,000 to 7,500 euros per full-time contract of indefinite duration.
Those that employ a minimum of 10% of jobseekers from these neighbourhoods will continue to receive a subsidy of 3,000 euros per contract. For fixed-term or part-time contracts, the subsidies are lower, as part of the Government’s policy to support sustainable employment.
Since 2015, this policy has enabled the Region to support the employment of close to 900 jobseekers and to increase diversity in public institutions for all types of posts, especially those open to less qualified applicants and young people without professional experience, Ms. Laanan said.