Intervention works

This article is written according to the legal status current as of: 2020-06-16

Intervention works

What are intervention works?

The term intervention works refers to employing an unemployed person, always on the basis of the employment contract, as a result of an agreement concluded between the employer and the district labour office.


You may employ a worker in the form of intervention works for any kind of job, both physical and mental one.

How long may intervention works last?

Intervention works may last up to 6, 12, 18, 24 months or up to 4 years. It depends on the decision of the district labour office.

After the subsidized period you are obliged to employ the worker for another 3 months (if the subsidized period lasts 6 months) or 6 months (if the subsidized period lasts 12 months or longer). 

If you terminate the contract of employment during the subsidized period or during respectively 3 or 6 months after the subsidized period, you will be obliged to return all of the previously received wage subsidies together with the statutory interest on the entire amount of subsidies calculated from the day of paying out of the first subsidy. You must return the subsidies within 30 days of receiving a notice.

If the contract of employment is terminated without notice due to the employee’s fault (the so-called disciplinary dismissal) or if the contract expires during the subsidized period or during the required 3- or 6-month period after the subsidies, the competent labour office designates another unemployed person to fill the vacancy. If there is no possibility to fill the vacancy by designating another unemployed person you will not have to return the subsidies.

What should you do if you want to organize intervention works?

If you want to organize intervention works, you should apply for it to the district labour office chosen by you.


You are obliged to apply to the district office before you employ the unemployed person. Only if you receive positive decision from the labour office and after you and the labour office sign the contract  specifying the conditions of intervention works organisation – you will be allowed to employ the referred unemployed.

The contract you will sign with the district governor will include:

the number of the unemployed you are going to employ on these conditions,

  • the period for which you are going to employ them,
  • the position and place of work,
  • the qualifications that the unemployed should necessarily possess,
  • the costs of employment that will be reimbursed,
  • the dates of reimbursement,
  • the declaration that the employer will inform the district governor of every case of the termination of the employment contract with the unemployed assigned to carry out intervention works.

Why is it worth applying for?

You will receive reimbursement of the part of the costs borne on the remuneration and the social insurance premiums in the amount previously agreed upon in the contract signed with the district labour office. Additionally, if you employ the referred person directly after the termination of intervention works that have lasted at least 6 months for another 6 months, you can receive a bonus in the form of reimbursement of the costs borne on the remuneration in the amount previously agreed upon in the contract signed with the district labour office, but not exceeding 150% of the average remuneration for work (see the current rates). The condition is that you still employ the assigned person.

Useful information

You cannot organize intervention works if:

  • you are in a difficult economic situation,
  • your company has declared bankruptcy or is put into liquidation,
  • you are behind with paying taxes or social insurance contributions.

Additionally, you must not be one of the following:

  • a political party or other political organizations,
  • a member of parliament or senators for their offices,
  • trade unions,
  • organizations of employers,
  • a central authority,
  • a church or confessional association,
  • a representative of a foreign country.


Before you apply please read carefully the rules specifying the conditions of applying for the chosen form of support to the chosen district labour office. Internal regulations may contain additional conditions of intervention works organisation as well as the maximum amount of the reimbursement. 

It is granted according to the de minimis rule.

Legal basis:
Commission Regulation (EC) No 800/2008 of 6 August 2008 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the common market in application of Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty

Act of 20 April 2004 on employment promotion and labour market institutions (Articles 51 and 56)
Regulation of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy of 7 January 2009 on the organization of intervention and public works, and a one-off reimbursement for paid social security contributions

Development: Editorial team of Zielona Linia

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