Improving the integration of young people into the labour market
The employment initiation contract (contrat d’initiation à l’emploi - CIE) provides a first practical experience for young job seekers
under 30 years of age who have been registered with the Employment agency (Agence pour le développement de l’emploi – ADEM) for at
least 3 months.
The ADEM can offer a job seeker and a private employer to enter into a CIE, provided that the employer can provide a real prospect
of employment at the end of the CIE.
The CIE is concluded for a period of twelve months. An extension of up to six months is conceivable, but must be requested
before the end of the period initially stipulated. The weekly working time is 40 hours. Part-time work is not permitted under this measure.
The job seeker has a mentor within the company. The mentor assists and supervises the job seeker throughout the duration of the contract.
Within one month of the start of the employment relationship, the employer must draw up a training plan with the mentor and the CIE
The job seeker is entitled to two days of leave per month for the duration of the contract.
The beneficiary of the CIE receives a remuneration calculated on the basis of the social minimum wage (salaire social minimum - SSM)
for unskilled workers amounting to:
The employer may chose to pay a performance bonus to the beneficiary.
For the first twelve months of the CIE, the Employment Fund (Fonds pour l’emploi) makes the following monthly reimbursements
to the employer:
If the CIE is extended, the Employment Fund pays the following to the employer for the duration of the extension (maximum six months):
If a young job seeker is hired following a CIE, the Employment Fund reimburses the employer's share of the social contributions for the
first twelve months of the permanent contract as from the date of hiring.
More information about the CIE