Labour market policy
A successful labour market policy is of central importance for the people in Germany and for the German economy. Work means not only being able to earn a living, but also social participation, recognition and personal fulfilment. In view of the need for qualified employees and demographic change, it is crucial for the economy and society that all potential is exploited to the full and that all people are able to participate optimally in the labour market.
Aligning labour market policy with the challenges of the future
Qualifications in demand on the labour market are the best protection against unemployment
Shaping basic security sustainably - optimising interfaces
Unemployed people are supported either by the contribution-financed unemployment insurance (SGB III) or the tax-financed basic benefits (SGB II). The interfaces between the legal spheres of SGB III and SGB II must be further optimised. Employers, for example, do not want to have two points of contact just because unemployed people are served by different legal systems. In addition to improved incentives to work, a sustainable basic welfare system requires that the job centres be relieved of unnecessary administrative burdens and that benefit legislation be made less bureaucratic. Existing labour market policy support instruments must be combined more flexibly and sensible support chains formed in which the next support steps are planned in advance, what has been achieved is regularly reviewed and, if necessary, readjusted. Systematic skills diagnostics, intensive support in the necessary cases and follow-up support even after successful integration are crucial in order to stabilise and secure employment.