Public works

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

public works

What are public works?


The term public works refers to employment of an unemployed person for the period not exceeding 12 months at the works organized by district office (with the exemption of district labour offices), commune offices or non-government organizations dealing, according to their statutes, with issues related to environment protection, culture, education, sport and tourism, health care, unemployment and social welfare, as well as waterway companies and their associations, if their works are financed or co-financed from the means of territorial self-government, the state budget, target funds, non-government organizations, waterway companies and their associations.

How long may intervention works last?

Intervention works may last up to 6 or 12 months.

The unemployed who are alimony debtors may be assigned by the district labour office to works that are not connected with their acquired profession for the period of up to 6 months and pursuant to the principles of public works, provided that working hours will not exceed half-time.


If you terminate the contract of employment during the subsidized period or breach one of the other contract terms, 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 an assigned person terminates the work contract on his/her own initiative or through his/her fault (the so-called “disciplinary dismissal”), and there is no possibility of assigning another person to fill the vacancy, the employer is not obliged to return the refunded costs borne on remuneration, bonuses or social insurance contributions that he/she received from the labour office.

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

If you want to organize public works, you should submit an application form to the district labour office.


You are should apply for this form of aid to the district office before you employ an unemployed person. Only if you receive a positive decision from the labour office and after you and the labour office conclude  the contract  specifying the conditions of public works organisation – you will be allowed to employ an assigned unemployed person.

What are the advantages of organizing public works?

The district labour office may return to the organizer of public works the costs borne on remuneration, bonuses and social insurance contributions for an assigned unemployed person in the amount of:

  • up to 50% of the average remuneration per each assigned person if the person is employed for the period of up to 6 months;
  • up to the average remuneration for work per each assigned person if the person is employed for the period of up to 12 months; paid out every second month (Check the current rates).

Good to know!

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 applying for the chosen form of support, conditions of public works organisation as well as the maximum amount of the reimbursement.

It is granted according to the de minimis rule.

Legal basis
Act of 20 April 2004 on employment promotion and labour market institutions (Article 57)

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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