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Subsidy for hiring an unemployed worker

Eligibility requirements

Employers who have registered for recruitment with the Labour Affairs Bureau and hired an unemployed worker who simultaneously satisfies the following requirements may apply for the subsidy:

  1. The person is a Macao SAR Resident who has registered for work with the Labour Affairs Bureau;
  2. The Labour Affairs Bureau has provided job referral service based on job openings for the unemployed worker who has registered for work;
  3. It is confirmed by the Labour Affairs Bureau that the person is unemployed because of difficulty in finding a job in the labour market due to age, lack of vocational skills, or appropriate skills currently required for labour in the market.

How to apply:

The employer must provide the Social Security Fund with the following documents:

  1. A completed form for the subsidy;
  2. A photocopy of the MOP bank account opened in the name of the employer;
  3. A photocopy of the front and back of the Macao SAR Resident ID Card of the employee concerned with the subsidy application;
  4. The proof of employment letter issued by the employer must contain the hire date, position held and agreed salary of the employee concerned with the subsidy application (must have a company stamp and signature of the person in charge).

Amount and duration of subsidy

The subsidy for each employee hired is 13,800 patacas, payable in six months.

Points to note:

  1. According to the "Incentive Regulation for Hiring and Training of Unemployed Workers", the purpose of the scheme is to increase the number of jobs.  Therefore, existing employees of the business shall not be replaced by employees who are subsidized under the regulation.  Otherwise, in addition to paying back the amount that should not have been received, the employer concerned shall not be entitled to any help under this regulation for two years, without prejudice to assuming possible legal liabilities.  However, this will not be applicable if the drop in the number of employees is not caused by the replacement of existing employees with the employees concerned with the subsidy application or a reason attributable to the employer (e.g. the departing employee resigns on his/her own or retires, etc.).
  2. In order to be eligible for the subsidy, the employer entity must provide the new hire with all the assistance needed for his/her adaptation to the job.
  3. If the labour relationship is terminated or unilaterally terminated, the right to receive the subsidy in instalments shall be invalidated from the date of termination.
  4. Those who are unable to engage in any work, participate in vocational training activities or employment assistance courses due to health reasons shall not be the beneficiaries of the subsidies of this regulation.